Michael Sumuel

Michael Sumuel(Odessa, Texas)

2019–20 Season: Title role, The Marriage of Figaro

Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel has most recently been seen on the War Memorial Opera House stage as Masetto in Don Giovanni and Escamillo in Carmen. He made his Company debut in the 2011 world premiere of Heart of a Soldier and returned later that season as Elviro in Xerxes. The Texas native is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, Houston Grand Opera Studio, and the Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera.

Recent and upcoming roles include Marcello in La Bohème at Houston Grand Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Norwegian National Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and his debut at Teatro Massimo di Palermo as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His performances on the concert stage have included the BBC Proms, singing Kate Whitley’s “I am I say” with the Multi-Story Orchestra at Eastgate Centre Rooftop Car Park; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Pablo Heras-Casado at Carnegie Hall; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Bach’s St. John Passion with Music of the Baroque conducted by Jane Glover; and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Mercury Houston.