Baritone Michele Govi was born in Bari, Italy, where he also graduated from the Conservatorio N.Piccinni with a Singing Degree.
He won the “Mercadante” and the “Cilea” competitions; in the sommer 1992 he took the “Ricciarelli’s prize” for young talented opera singers, which led him to follow masterclasses with Gianni Raimondi, Paolo Washington, Ugo Benelli, Nicolaj Ghiuselev and Paolo Montarsolo.
His wide repertoire includes the most important operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and composers of the 20th century as Ravel, Rota, Britten, Martinu and Orff among others.
Michele Govi regularly performs in many italian theaters (Bari, Como, Bergamo, Cremona, Lecce, Roma, Fermo, Brescia, Jesi, Novara, Trento, Bolzano, Rovigo, Bologna, Parma, Trieste) and throughout the world (Pola, Monte-Carlo, Laudanne, Geneva, Bern, Biel, Lima, Santacruz in Tenerife, Bregenz, Strasbourg, Liverpool, Bergen, Canterbury, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Palma Di Maiorca, Lisbona, Busan).
He collaborated with renowed conductors such as Aprea, Martin, Rovaris, Carminati, Pidò, Andretta, Franci, Bonynge, Renzetti and with famous stage directors such as Zeffirelli, Mariani, Crivelli, Maestrini, Vizioli, Nichetti, Mirabella and Pizzi.
Since many years he has been regurlarly invited to perform at the Konzert Theater in Bern (Traviata, Cenerentola), at the Theater of Biel-Solothurn (Don Giovanni, Stiffelio, Giovanna d’Arco, I due Foscari, Trovatore, Rigoletto, Puritani, Macbeth, Ballo in Maschera, Turco in Italia) and at the Opéra de Chambre in Geneva (Frascatana, Le serve rivali, Elisir d’amore, Scala di Seta, I due Baroni, Barbiere di Siviglia, La finta giardiniera).
Particular highlights from Michele’s busy concert schedule include “Il Trovatore” of Verdi with the Oper Schenkenberg company “Attila” of Verdi at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste (2014), “Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali” of Donizetti in the main role of Mamma Agata in Biel (2014), “Un Ballo in Maschera” of Verdi at the Opéra Théâtre of Metz (2015), “Gianni Schicchi” and “Il Tabarro” of Puccini at the Opéra Théâtre of Metz (2016), “Don Pasquale” of Donizetti and “La notte di un nevrastenico” of Rota at the Theater of Biel-Solothurn (2017).
He recorded “Le Serve Rivali” and “Il Cavaliere Errante” of Tommaso Traetta, “La Serva Padrona” of G.B. Pergolesi and “La Frascatana” of Giovanni Paisiello for the label Bongiovanni.