Adjunct Instructor, Voice
Michael Walsh, baritone, received 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. 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, Michael 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!, Michael 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. Michael has been an artist-in-residence with Amarillo Opera where he sang recitals throughout the Texas panhandle region, and he was the baritone soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G for a concert tour of Switzerland and Italy with the Chapelwood Methodist Church Choir of Houston. Mr. Walsh 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 as the baritone soloist in Autumn Spectre. He is a current member of the Houston Chamber Choir and a staff singer a Christ Church Cathedral. In addition to his appointment to the Voice Faculty at Sam Houston State University, Mr. Walsh is also an adjunct professor of voice at Lonestar 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, Michael has sung over 25 recitals for the Art Song Festival, Access to the Arts, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. In Master Classes during his training, Michael has sung for Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin, Warren Jones, Bo Skovhus, John Moriarty, William Lacey, and Joyce DiDonato. His primary voice teachers were Dr. Joyce Farwell, Dr. Andrea Jaber, Kathleen Kaun, Dr. Stephen King, and George Vassos. He is originally from Massillon, Ohio.