Baritone (United States)
HGO Appearances: Masetto in Don Giovanni (2013), Schaunard in La bohème (2013, 2012), Sharpless in Madame Butterfly (2011, 2010), Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos (2011), Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro (2011), and Sciarrone in Tosca (2010), among others. Third prize winner in HGO’s 2009 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. HGO Studio artist (2009–11).
About the Artist: During the 2013–14 season, Michael Sumuel will make his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Handel’s Messiah and at Central City Opera singing the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. He will also return to Dayton Opera as a featured soloist in a New Year’s Eve concert with the Dayton Philharmonic and perform with the Mercury ensemble of Houston in Napoleon and the Battle of Nations. Recent highlights include his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Handel’s Messiah, the title role in Dayton Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro, In the Garden of Dreams with Da Camera of Houston, his San Francisco Opera debut as Tom in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier in a Francesco Zambello production conducted by Patrick Summers, a return to San Francisco Opera as Elviro in Xerxes opposite Susan Graham and David Daniels, and his European operatic debut as Schaunard in La bohème at Glyndebourne. He won the 2009 Fielder Grant for Career Advancement and the 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He is an alumnus of the Merola Opera program at San Francisco Opera Center and the Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera, where he performed Selim in Il turco in Italia, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lelio in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose.