American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel’s recent and upcoming performances include Houston Grand Opera 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 Orchestra as Pilatus in Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center. The March 2018 performances mark his first appearances with Music of the Baroque.
Recent opera highlights include a return to San Francisco Opera as Escamillo in Calixto Bieto’s staging of Carmen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, North Carolina Opera for Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Opera Southwest as Selim in Il Turco in Italia, his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Magic Flute with Houston Grand Opera, his San Francisco Opera debut as Tom in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier, and Elviro in Handel’s Xerxes alongside David Daniels and Susan Graham.
On the concert stage, he made his debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and joined the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and Mercury Houston for Handel’s Messiah, performed with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis in Handel’s Messiah, and sang with the Santa Barbara Symphony in selected scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He has performed the roles of Frank in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Masetto and Schaunard in John Caird’s new production of La bohéme, and the role of Burton in the HGOco-commissioned River of Light by Jack Perla.
Other concert highlights include Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, where he later returned to perform Copland’s Old American Songs. He also appeared in a program called “Around the World” for a New Year’s Eve concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made multiple appearances with Mercury Houston including a project called “Napoleon and the Battle of Nations,” and performed excerpts from Rameau’s Les Amants trahis and Thétis.
Michael Sumuel performs in The St. John Passion on March 25 and 26.