Michael  Sumuel

Baritone (United States)

HGO Appearances: Papageno in The Magic Flute. Previously: Superintendant Frank in Die Fledermaus (2014, 2013); Masetto in Don Giovanni (2013); Schaunard in La bohème (2013, 2012); Sharpless in performances of Madame Butterfly (2011, 2010); Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro (2011); and Sciarrone in Tosca (2010), among others.

About the Artist: Michael Sumuel began the 2014-15 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in a new Robert Falls production of Don Giovanni conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Later this season, he returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia. On the concert stage, he will sing a series of Bach cantatas in a return to Mercury in Houston; perform in Handel's Messiah with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and appear in selected scenes from Porgy and Bess with the Santa Barbara Symphony. This season also marked his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Polochick in Handel's Messiah, performing the same work at the Louisiana Philharmonic. He also debuted at Central City Opera, singing the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. He has performed with San Francisco Opera (Tom in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis's Heart of a Soldier, Elviro in Xerxes) and with the San Francisco Symphony (Messiah and Copland's Old American Songs). Collaborating with Da Camera of Houston, he sang selected songs of Brahms and Schönberg in a multimedia song project called In the Garden of Dreams. He made his European operatic debut as Schaunard in La bohème at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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