Michael Day

Described as “bright, clear, and endearing” (Opera News), Michael Day is a lyric tenor beginning a career in the operatic world. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Michael is currently finishing his time as a Studio Artist with Michigan Opera Theatre by singing the title role in CANDIDE and the role of Al Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, after which he will sing the role of Fabian in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s IF I WERE YOU at the Merola Opera Program.

Past roles with Michigan Opera Theatre include Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, et. al in Ricky Ian Gordan’s 27, and Spoletta in TOSCA.

After working for a year as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Michael returned to sing the role of Al Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and Leo Hubbard in Marc Blitzstein’s REGINA, under conductor Stephen Lord and director James Robinson.

Michael holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. With IU Opera Theatre, Michael performed the roles of Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Arcadio in Daniel Catán’s FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, and Alfred in DIE FLEDERMAUS.

Michael was the recipient of The Richard Gaddes Fund Career Grant from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2016, as well as a first prize winner at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition in 2017. He was also a St. Louis District winner and received 3rd place in the Kansas City region at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017.

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Current & Upcoming Performances

1
August
2019
Heggie's If I Were You (World Premiere)
Fabian
San Francisco Opera - Merola
San Francisco
Herbst Theatre
3
August
2019
Heggie's If I Were You (World Premiere)
Fabian
San Francisco Opera - Merola
San Francisco
Herbst Theatre
4
August
2019
Heggie's If I Were You (World Premiere)
Fabian
San Francisco Opera - Merola
San Francisco
Herbst Theatre
6
August
2019
Heggie's If I Were You (World Premiere)
Fabian
San Francisco Opera - Merola
San Francisco
Herbst Theatre

Past Performances

19
May
2019
The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit
Opera House
17
May
2019
The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit
Opera House
15
May
2019
The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit
Opera House
11
May
2019
The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit
Opera House

REGINA – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“Tenor Michael Day brings a lovely voice and a bright, handsome freshness to the role of Leo, Oscar and Birdie’s son. These qualities almost make us like him despite Leo’s fecklessness, uselessness and utter lack of moral fibre.” – Broadway World, 2018

“…[T]enor Michael Day was appropriately slimy as the young and amoral Leo Hubbard.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2018

TOSCA – Michigan Opera Theatre

“Also a standout was Studio Artist Michael Day as Spoletta, utterly unrecognizable compared to his more genteel recent roles. Day’s physical transformation into Scarpia’s intimidating heavy, a demonstration of his versatility as an actor, left him nearly unrecognizable until he sang, when his familiar clear, strong tenor rang out. His short Act II exchange with Cavaradossi verified his future as a Cavaradossi himself.” – Opera News, 2018

27 – Michigan Opera Theatre

“Michael Day, a tender Pablo Picasso at the beginning and later height of his career, navigated his sweet, meaty tenor unerringly through some technical perils, and his vulnerably bare ‘Tell me I’m good’ was among the most memorable passages of the night.” – Opera News, 2018

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO – Michigan Opera Theatre

“The easy flexible tenor of Studio Artist Michael Day dove into the character of Don Basilio with relish” – Opera News, 2017

“Michael Day….sings the tenor role of the gossipy fop Don Basillio with great aplomb.” – Encore Michigan, 2017

THE GRAPES OF WRATH – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“Michael Day, as Al, Tom’s younger brother, was bright, clear and endearing” – Opera News, 2017

“Michael Day made the selfish Al Joad into a well-rounded character.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2017

“There were a few notable voices, including Michael Day, his tenor smooth and slick in the role of the younger brother Al Joad” – The Washington Post, 2017