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Before Night Falls, Florida Grand Opera Photo: Ben Werley

Before Night Falls, Florida Grand Opera

Photo: Ben Werley

Described as “an artist of almost terrifying magnetism” (New York Observer) and praised for his "clear and robust" tenor (Opera News), Michael Kuhn is quickly gaining recognition as a diverse performer of opera, musical theatre and concert works across the country. Recent engagements include Basel in ¡Figaro 90210! (Off-Broadway), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Opera in the Heights, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with LoftOpera and Lázaro in Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls with Florida Grand Opera; a performance in which critics hailed him as "most praiseworthy, bright-toned ... a very human, ineffably sad Lazaro." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Other highlights include Remendado in Carmen (Florida Grand Opera), Padre in Man of La Mancha, Sancho in Don Quixote in the Duchess and the title role in Britten's The Prodigal Son (Central City Opera) and Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music (The Princeton Festival). This summer Michael returns to The Princeton Festival as Jaquino in Fidelio.

Michael has participated in young artist programs with Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera and Central City Opera. With a special passion for new music, Michael has performed in several premiers and workshops with the Center for Contemporary Opera (Heloise and Abalard, Falling Angel), Baltimore's CenterStage (Shadowboxer) and with the Foundation of Filipino Artists in the U.S. premiere of Spoliarium at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Other notable roles have included Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan, Piquillo in La Périchole and the title role in Candide.

In the concert realm, Michael was heard both nationally via broadcast and in Jordan Hall in the premiere of Illuminessence, prayers for peace, a Vatican-commissioned oratorio performed as part of The New England Conservatory’s ten year memorial concert for September 11th. He has also performed as a soloist with the Carolina Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea and the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn in works including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Michael is a native of Crofton, MD and currently resides in New York City. He is an alumnus of Syracuse University (B.M. Music Industry) and the New England Conservatory (M.M. Vocal Performance).