Adjunct Instructor, Voice
School of Music, Practice Room 3
Michael Walsh, baritone, received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and 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. After graduate school, 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, he has performed as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Wagner (Faust), and the Sergeant (Manon Lescaut) with Opera in the Heights. As a member of Houston Grand Opera’s outreach ensemble, Opera to Go!, he 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. With Opera to Go!, he has also sung in productions of Strega Nona, Rusalka, and The Daughter of the Regiment. As an apprentice with Utah Opera, he sang Hlas (Jenufa), Bolito (Illusions/Illusiones), and performed in concerts of operatic highlights with the Utah Symphony. Mr. Walsh has been an artist-in-residence with Amarillo Opera where he sang recitals throughout the Texas panhandle region, and he 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 has sung Ottone in The Ottavia Project, Phaon in The Tenth Muse, and was the baritone soloist in Autumn Spectre. Last season he sang Mad Moens in Tinsley’s Young Peer Gynt at the Round Top Festival Institute. He has been a member of the Houston Chamber Choir since 2007 and has recorded with them for their ‘Ravishingly Russian’ album, as well as the premiere recording of Colonna’s Psalmi ad Vesperae. In addition to his appointment to the Voice Faculty at Sam Houston State University, Mr. Walsh is also an adjunct professor of voice at Lone Star College, Montgomery. Winner of numerous awards and prizes, including 1st place in the Ohio NATS Competition and the Virginia Starkey Award from Central City Opera, he has sung over 25 recitals for the Art Song Festival, Access to the Arts, Divergence Vocal Theater, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. His concert work has engaged him to perform throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, France, and Switzerland. During his training, Mr. Walsh coached his operatic roles and art song repertoire with such renowned performers as Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, Joyce DiDonato, Warren Jones, William Lacey, John Moriarty, and Bo Skovhus. His primary voice teachers were Dr. Joyce Farwell, Dr. Andrea Jaber, Kathleen Kaun, Dr. Stephen King, and George Vassos. His voice students have been accepted at some of the top music schools in the United States, including the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Yale University School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Oklahoma City University, University of Houston, Baylor University, Berklee College of Music, and Pepperdine University. Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Mr. Walsh is also on the faculty of the Young Actors Conservatory at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.