back to top

Biography 765 words

Download biography as pdf Download biography as word doc

American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, hailed as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating”(Daily Camera) begins 2014-2015 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in a new production by Robert Falls of Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He then returns to Houston Grand Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, and returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.  On the concert stage, Mr. Sumuel will return to Mercury Baroque Houston to sing a series of Bach cantatas, Handel’s Messiah with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and selected scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Santa Barbara Symphony.  Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel opened the 2013-2014 season with a return to Houston Grand Opera as Frank in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, alongside Susan Graham; he later reprised this role for Houston Grand Opera at the Miller Outdoor Theater.  He also appeared in the HGOco commission River of Light, by Jack Perla, portraying the role of Burton. This season also marked his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Polochick performing Handel's Messiah, performing

read more...

American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, hailed as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating”(Daily Camera) begins 2014-2015 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in a new production by Robert Falls of Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He then returns to Houston Grand Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, and returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.  On the concert stage, Mr. Sumuel will return to Mercury Baroque Houston to sing a series of Bach cantatas, Handel’s Messiah with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and selected scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Santa Barbara Symphony. 

Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel opened the 2013-2014 season with a return to Houston Grand Opera as Frank in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, alongside Susan Graham; he later reprised this role for Houston Grand Opera at the Miller Outdoor Theater.  He also appeared in the HGOco commission River of Light, by Jack Perla, portraying the role of Burton. This season also marked his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Polochick performing Handel's Messiah, performing the same work at the Louisiana Philharmonic. He also debuted at Central City Opera, singing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro. After a successful performance with the Dayton Opera in the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Sumuel returned as a featured soloist in an "Around the World" New Year's Eve concert with the Dayton Philharmonic. He will also be performing selected pieces with Mercury Baroque Houston in a project called "Napoleon and the Battle of Nations."

The 2012-2013 season marked several triumphs for the young bass-baritone. Mr. Sumuel made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and returned later in the season to perform Copland’s Old American Songs in concert, conducted by Edwin Outwater. He made a professional role debut as the title role in Dayton Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro and sang the role of Schaunard in John Caird’s new production of La Bohèmeat Houston Grand Opera. Also with Houston Grand Opera, Mr. Sumuel performed as Masetto in Don Giovanni conducted by Trevor Pinnock. Collaborating with Da Camera of Houston, he sang selected songs of Brahams and Schönberg in a multi-media song project called “In the Garden of Dreams” featuring pianist Sarah Rothenberg.

Previous seasons have included a successful San Francisco Opera debut as Tom in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier opposite baritone Thomas Hampson in a Francesco Zambello production conducted by Patrick Summers in which his “strong and convincing portrayal was the most affecting and convincing of the evening.” Later the same season, he returned as Elviro in Handel’s Xerxes opposite Susan Graham and David Daniels, and marked his European operatic debut as Schaunard in La Bohème at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also appeared with Houston's Mercury Baroque Ensemble in excerpts from Rameau’s AmantsTrahis, Orphée, Thetis.

As a Houston Grand Opera Studio Artist, Michael Sumuel appeared as Sharpless in performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonato (now available on compact disc), Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and a Lackey in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. He also sang Dulcamara in performances of L’elisird’amore, Noble in Lohengrin, Sciarrone in Tosca and Narumoff in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. Other operatic roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Concert appearances include performances with both the Sarasota Artist Series and Mercury Baroque as soloist in Handel’s Messiah.

Sumuel’s competition accolades include the 2009 Fielder Grant for Career Advancement and winner of the 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. An alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center and Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera, At Wolf Trap Opera, Sumuel performed the roles of Selim in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lelio in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donnecurioseand has also been seen in recital with pianist Steven Blier.  Sumuel holds degrees from both Columbus State University and Rice University.

 

AUGUST 2014: PLEASE DESTROY PREVIOUSLY DATED MATERIALS

 

back to top

Photos

back to top

Reviews

"Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel plays the title character with near-reckless, unabated exuberance. His three arias, each iconic in its own way, seem remarkably fresh in Sumuel's interpretation, particularly the show-stopping jealousy number "Aprite un po'quegli occhi" in Act IV. His vocals are smooth and ingratiating, imbuing the character with the humanity he needs."

Daily Camera

"The standout among them was bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, who brought luminous tone and theatrical presence to the roles of a Rhodesian barkeep and a Vietnam medic."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Most notable was bass-baritone Michael Sumuel in his San Francisco Opera debut, whose strong and convincing portrayal was the most affecting and convincing of the evening."

California Literary Review