About the Artist:
Baritone Michael Mayes makes his HGO debut in the title role of this production of Rigoletto. He is well known for his portrayal of Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, having performed the role at Teatro Real, the Barbican, and at Washington National Opera and several other U.S. opera companies. Other Jake Heggie operas he has performed include Manfred in Out of the Darkness with Music of Remembrance, Charlie in Three Decembers with UrbanArias, and the world premiere of Great Scott with Dallas Opera and San Diego Opera. Mayes is known for his portrayals in other contemporary operas including Older Thompson in Glory Denied with Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, and Fort Worth Opera; Lawrence in The Wreckers with Bard SummerScape; Adam in The Canticle of the Black Madonna with Anima Mundi Productions; Kinesias in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera; Adam in Baden-Baden 1927 with Gotham Chamber Opera; and Edward Gaines in Margaret Garner with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Carolina. Recent credits include Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Pittsburgh Opera, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci with Madison Opera, Older Thomson in Glory Denied and the title role in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera, Conte di Luna in Il trovatore in his Seattle Opera debut, a reprise of his Dead Man Walking with Atlanta Opera, and the title role in Nixon in China in his debut with Staatsoper Stuttgart. His 2019–2020 season sees him as Tonio in Pagliacci with Boston Lyric Opera, Sweeney Todd with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dead Man Walking with New Israeli Opera, Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride with Staatsoper Stuttgart, Rigoletto with Nashville Opera, and Beck in Everest with the Barbican.