American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel recently made his San Francisco Opera debut creating the roles of Tom and Ted in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. An alumnus of the 2009 Merola Opera Program, he is also a Houston Grand Opera Studio alumus and appeared with that company this past spring as Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro) and a Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos). Sumuel's other credits in Houston include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), a Motorcycle Cop (Heggie's Dead Man Walking),and Dulcamara (L'Elisir d'Amore); he also sang Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with the Houston Grand Opera Studio. His awards include a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation and third place in the 2009 Eleanor McCollum Competition. Sumuel recently completed his second season as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. Upcoming engagements include his European debut as Schaunard (La Bohème) at the Glyndebourne Festival.