With a “powerful” voice and an “arresting stage presence”, baritone Michael Mayes is known for his consummate portrayals of iconic characters in the operatic repertoire. Originally from Cut and Shoot, Texas, Michael has performed with opera companies across the United States including Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera.
The 2015-2016 season included his debut with Dallas Opera and San Diego Opera in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, Jack Rance in Opera Omaha’s La fanciulla del West, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Baltimore Concert Opera, Manfred in Heggie’s Out of the Darkness with Music of Remembrance, Scarpia in Tosca with Central City Opera, and another Dead Man Walking with New Orleans Opera. In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Mayes will make his debut with Washington National Opera in his celebrated role of Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking in addition taking his De Rocher to Pensacola Opera and appearing with Boston Lyric Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Nashville Opera as Older Thompson in Glory Denied, and returning to Dallas Opera as Doug in Everest. Future seasons include debuts with Virginia Opera and the Teatro Real in Madrid.