Baritone (United States)
Marcello in La bohème. Previously: Belcore in The Elixir of Love (2016); Papageno in The Magic Flute (2015); Superintendent Frank in Die Fledermaus (2013–14); Schaunard in La bohème (2012–13); Masetto in Don Giovanni (2013); Sharpless in performances of Madame Butterfly (2010–11); Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro and Motorcycle Cop/Prison Guard in Dead Man Walking (2011); Sciarrone in Tosca and Narumoff in The Queen of Spades (2010); Noble of Brabant in Lohengrin and Dulcamara in performances of The Elixir of Love (2009). Third prize in HGO’s 2009 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. HGO Studio artist (2009–11).
About the Artist:
HGO Studio alumnus Michael Sumuel (2009–11) has been seen regularly at HGO in roles such as Belcore in The Elixir of Love (2016), Papageno in The Magic Flute (2015), Superintendent Frank in Die Fledermaus (2013–14), Schaunard in La bohème (2012–13), Masetto in Don Giovanni (2013), Sharpless in performances of Madame Butterfly (2010–11), and many more. During the 2018–19 season, he will perform Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and on the concert stage, he will sing Haydn’s Mass No. 12 in B-flat with the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the San Diego Symphony. He will also participate in a Schubertiade at Wolf Trap Opera. Recent credits include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Teatro Massimo in Palermo; his debut with the BBC Proms; singing Kate Whitley’s “I am I say” with the Multi-Story Orchestra at Eastgate Centre Rooftop Car Park; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado at Carnegie Hall; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Seattle Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Bach’s St. John Passion with Music of the Baroque in Chicago, conducted by Jane Glover, and a return to Mercury Houston to perform the bass solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.