Baritone Michael Mayes enjoys a busy operatic career in both traditional and contemporary operatic roles with theaters throughout the United States and Europe. He performed the title role in Rigoletto with HGO in 2019 and as Captain von Trapp in My Favorite Things, the company’s 2020 outdoor singalong featuring songs from The Sound of Music. After making his critically acclaimed international debut as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in 2018 with Teatro Real opposite Joyce DiDonato, Mayes went on to engagements at prominent houses including Staatsoper Stuttgart, English National Opera, The Barbican, Theatre of Sound, and Bergen National Opera. In the 2022-23 season, Mayes performed the title role in the U.S. premiere of a newly commissioned translation of Bluebeard’s Castle with The Atlanta Opera and again with the Edinburgh International Festival, made his role and company debut as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life at English National Opera, sang Alberich in The Dallas Opera’s Das Rheingold, and sang the title role in Saint François d’Assise by Olivier Messiaen at Staatsoper Stuttgart. He recently debuted the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and reprised his role as Daddy in Taking Up Serpents, both at The Glimmerglass Festival. Other notable recent engagements include Il Conte di Luna in Il trovatore with Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival; the title role in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera; an acclaimed debut as Bluebeard in an innovative production by Theater of Sound (U.K.); Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera and Nashville Opera; and Richard Nixon in Nixon in China at Staatstheater Stuttgart, a role he will reprise there in the 2023-24 season in addition to singing Alberich in Das Rheingold. He also sings Alberich at Seattle Opera, debuts at Edinburgh International Festival as Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle, and debuts at Santa Fe Opera as David in The Righteous.
Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO 2019-20
Captain Georg von Trapp: MY FAVORITE THINGS: SONGS FROM THE SOUND OF MUSIC 2020-21 (TDECU Stadium)