Michael Walsh, baritone, received his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The recipient of Rice’s Carlton Prize in Opera, he appeared there as Werther, Guglielmo, Count Almaviva, Marcello, Yamadori, and Silvio. Mr. Walsh trained as a studio artist with Central City Opera in Colorado where he covered Dancaïro (Carmen) and sang the role of Archie Kramer in Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke, which was broadcast on National Public Radio’s ‘World of Opera.’ A former apprentice artist with Amarillo Opera, Michael has performed as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Wagner (Faust), and the Sergeant (Manon Lescaut) with Opera in the Heights in Houston. As a member of Houston Grand Opera’s outreach ensemble, Opera to Go!, Michael created the title role in the world premiere of Mary Carol Warwick’s The Velveteen Rabbit and also sang Figaro in The Barber of Seville. As an apprentice with Utah Opera, he sang Hlas (Jenufa), Bolito (Illusions/Illusiones), and performed in concerts of operatic highlights with the Utah Symphony. Michael has been an artist-in-residence with Amarillo Opera where he sang recitals throughout the Texas panhandle region. In Houston, Mr. Walsh has sung with Ars Lyrica (La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers) and also in Mercury Baroque’s productions of Pygmalion and Dido and Aeneas. He created the role of Jason for the world premiere of James Norman’s wake… and sang in Trouble in Tahiti for Opera Vista. For Divergence Vocal Theater he recently sang Ottone in The Ottavia Project and appeared as Phaon in The Tenth Muse. He is a current member of the Houston Chamber Choir and a staff singer a Christ Church Cathedral. Mr. Walsh is an adjunct faculty professor of voice at Lonestar College, Montgomery, and last season he was the company baritone for HGO’s outreach ensemble, Opera to Go!, where he sang roles in Strega Nona, Rusalka, and The Daughter of the Regiment. Winner of numerous awards and prizes, including 1st place in the Ohio NATS Competition and the Virginia Starkey Award from Central City Opera, Michael has sung over 25 recitals for the Art Song Festival, Access to the Arts, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. He is originally from Massillon, Ohio.