Michael Ricciardone has worked extensively in musical theatre and classical music both as a singer/performer and as a pianist/coach/conductor. He joined the national tour of Sunset Boulevard, performing the role of Max. He also starred as Georges in the Theatrefest production of La Cage aux Folles at Montclair State University. Mr. Ricciardone was also the first Phantom in South America in The Phantom of the Opera, touring in Bogota, Sao Paulo and Rio. Other roles were Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Charles in High Spirits, Tommy in Brigadoon, Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music and Joe in The Most Happy Fella, to name a few. On television, he was the first actor to sing on the series Law and Order. Mr. Ricciardone has also been featured in Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS and in pops concerts with the Cairo Symphony (Egypt), Festival of the Atlantic and St. Peter’s Orchestra. In the classical repertoire, he has sung the leading tenor roles in New York premieres of Leoncavallo’s Zaza and Zandonai’s Giulietta e Romeo, as well as leading roles in La Bohême, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Rondine , Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata.
An accomplished pianist, Mr. Ricciardone has worked with Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Rex Harrison. He was Assistant Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera under David Stivender; Co-Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for San Francisco Opera; and Music Administrator, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for Greater Miami Opera. He made his conducting debut in Miami with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. On Broadway he has served as Assistant Conductor to Franz Allers for productions and national tours of My Fair Lady and Camelot. Mr. Ricciardone holds degrees in piano, accompanying and conducting from Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, with additional study at Catholic University of America and The Juilliard School. As an actor, he has studied with Frank Corsaro, Jack Allison and Charles Kakatsakis. Two of his most influential mentors were Alberta Masiello and George Schick of the Metropolitan Opera, and also Lehman Engel, founder of the BMI Workshop. He has taught voice privately in New York for 30 years. In 1998, Mr. Ricciardone was invited to join the voice faculty here at New York University/ Steinhardt. He currently serves as Associate Coordinator of Vocal Studies, sits on the Auditions Committee and has served as music director and conductor for the NYU productions of Assassins, Fiorello! Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutte, Into the Woods, 110 in the Shade, A Chorus Line and Sweeney Todd. Mr. Ricciardone is the recipient of the New York University Steinhardt School of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 2005-2006.