Tenor Michael Day joins Athlone Artists

A young lyric tenor brings his “bright, clear, and endearing” (Opera News) voice to the operatic stage.
“Michael Day 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, Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27

Athlone Artists is pleased to welcome tenor Michael Day to its roster of opera and concert artists, conductors and stage directors.

Described as having a “lovely voice and a bright, handsome freshness” (Broadway World), lyric tenor Michael Day is enjoying a promising start to his operatic career. Currently completing his two-season tenure as a Studio Artist with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Michael is preparing to head to San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program this summer to perform the role of Fabian in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I were you.

“I was very impressed the first time I heard Michael sing as a Studio Artist at Michigan Opera Theatre,” says Athlone Artists’ Miguel Rodriguez. “It is not just the beauty and focus of this tenor voice, but also his ease at moving from one style to the next that made an impression on me. Michael has one of those warm tenor voices that can produce darker honey tones in something like Lensky’s aria in Eugene Onegin, and then bring an exciting Italian “squillo” to his Alfredo in La Traviata.”

Performing as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Day was awarded the Richard Gaddes Fund Career Grant to support his continued artistic and professional development. He was invited back to sing the roles of Al Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath and Leo Hubbard in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina under conductor Stephen Lord and director James Robinson.

Later this month, Day will reprise the role of Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath at Michigan Opera Theatre. Past engagements with the company include the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, et. al in Ricky Ian Gordan’s 27, and Spoletta in Tosca.

While pursuing his music education and performance degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Day performed Tamino in The Magic Flute, Arcadio in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Among his accolades, Day was named a first prize winner in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition and placed third in the Kansas City region at the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Michael is a versatile performer – equally at home with art song, opera and musical theater. It is this artistic curiosity that drew Michael to Athlone Artists. “I love that Miguel is open to a lot of casting options and is familiar with all different styles of opera,” he says. “I’m looking forward to having another voice of mentorship to help guide me through this next stage of my career.”

“His lyric tenor voice navigates beautifully through Mozart and the French repertoire, as well,” adds Rodriguez. “Michael is an exciting artist to watch!”

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