Michael Sumuel holds degrees from Columbus State and Rice universities. He is recipient of the Fielder Grant for Career Advancement, winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and an alumnus of both the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists program. Mr. Sumuel’s 2011-12 season began with his San Francisco Opera debut as Tom in the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier. He returned to San Francisco later in the season as Elviro in Handel’s Xerxes and made his European operatic debut as Schaunard in La Bohème at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He also appeared with Houston's Mercury Baroque Ensemble in excerpts from Rameau’s Les Amants Trahis, Orphée, and Thetis. As a Houston Grand Opera Studio Artist, Mr. Sumuel appeared as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonato (available on CD), Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, and a Lackey in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Concert appearances last season included performances with both the Sarasota Artist Series and Mercury Baroque as soloist in Handel’s Messiah. This season, Mr. Sumuel returns to Houston Grand Opera as Schaunard in a new production of La Bohème and also appears there as Masetto in Don Giovanni. He makes his professional role debut as Figaro in Dayton Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, and he performs songs of Brahms and Schoenberg in a multimedia project called In the Garden of Dreams. These performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.