Described as “an artist of almost terrifying magnetism” (New York Observer) and praised for his "clear and robust" tenor (Opera News), Michael Kuhn is a versatile singing-actor, equally at home in the fields of opera, musical theatre and concert repertoire.
Recent career highlights include a debut performance at Carnegie Hall as the tenor soloist in Haydn’s Mariazellermesse with MidAmerica Productions, two Off-Broadway runs of Vid Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! 90210 as Basel, Lázaro in Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls with Florida Grand Opera and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Houston’s Opera in the Heights, a performance hailed by The Houston Press as “polished, soignee and hot to trot”. Later this season, Michael makes several role debuts as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Virginia’s Summer Garden Opera, Podestà in La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera and the Caramoor Festival, and as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Livermore Valley Opera. In the concert realm, Michael returns as a soloist with the Carolina Philharmonic and Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque, and debuts with the Cape Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem and with the Omaha Symphony in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. This season, Michael debuts his own project in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art titled Nacht und Traüme, a staged recital of German lieder programmed to represent a journey through a night of vivid dreaming.
Michael has performed with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, The Princeton Festival, Syracuse Opera, On Site Opera, LoftOpera, Opera in the Heights and more. With a special passion for new music, Michael has participated in several workshops, scenes and premiers with the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Lyric Theatre, Baltimore’s CenterStage and notably with the Foundation for Filipino Artists in the U.S. premiere of Spoliarium at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
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 performed as a soloist with the Carolina Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea, Bourbon Baroque, The New York Choral Society and the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
Michael is a native of Crofton, MD and currently resides in New York City. He is an alumnus of New England Conservatory (MM Vocal Performance) and Syracuse University (BM Music Industry).