Performance Year: 2015, 2016
Tenor Michael Brandenburg began studying voice while pursuing a master’s in aquatic biology. At Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music his roles have included Werther and Prince Charming in Massenet’s Werther and Cendrillon. In his recent performance of Messiah, a critic noted that he “shaped each phrase with incredible finesse, proving that one can, in a way, sing even through silence.” In 2013, he was one of the six grand finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he was one of the two grand finalists in the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago. He is currently a Domingo/Cafritz Young Artist with Washington National Opera, where he makes his professional debut in February as the Steuermann in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman.