Described as “bright, clear, and endearing” (Opera News), Michael Day is a lyric tenor beginning a career in the operatic world. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Michael is currently singing the role of Fabian in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s IF I WERE YOU with the Merola Opera Program.
For the past two years Michael has worked as a studio artist with Michigan Opera Theatre, singing roles such as the title role in CANDIDE, Al Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, et. al in Ricky Ian Gordan’s 27, and Spoletta in TOSCA.
After working for a year as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Michael returned to sing the role of Al Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and Leo Hubbard in Marc Blitzstein’s REGINA, under conductor Stephen Lord and director James Robinson.
Michael holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. With IU Opera Theatre, Michael performed the roles of Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Arcadio in Daniel Catán’s FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, and Alfred in DIE FLEDERMAUS.
Michael was the recipient of The Richard Gaddes Fund Career Grant from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2016, as well as a first prize winner at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition in 2017. He was also a St. Louis District winner and received 3rd place in the Kansas City region at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017.