Michael Sumuel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, hailed as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating” (Daily Camera) returns to Houston Grand Opera in the 2016/17 as Belcore in L’elisir d’Amore, conducted by Jane Glover and Masetto in Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera, conducted by Marc Minkowski. Additional appearances include a role and house debut as Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Norwegian National Opera. Concert engagements include debuts with the Cleveland Symphony as Pilatus in Bach’sSt. John Passion, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Mozart’s Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the American Classical Orchestra at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In the 2015/16 season, Michael Sumuel returned to San Francisco Opera as Escamillo in Calixto Bieto’s staging of Carmen, and returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  He joined North Carolina Opera for Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Opera Southwest as Selim in Il Turco in Italia.  On the concert stage, Mr. Sumuel made his debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Mozart’s Mass in c minor and joined the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and Mercury Houston for Handel’s Messiah.

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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