On Friday, February 21st, Michael was presented with the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award by Met General Manager, Peter Gelb. The $50,000 award, given in honor of the late soprano, was established in 2006, and recognizes extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40, who have performed in featured solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.
Michael, at 29, is one of the youngest singers to receive this award whose previous recipients include Joyce Di Donato, Angela Meade, and Bryan Hymel.
General Manager Peter Gelb presents Beverly Sills Artist Award to Michael (private photo)
Fred Plotkin, of WQXR’s Operavore program, has established the First Annual Excellence in Opera Awards, (AKA “The Freddies”). Michael is the first one to receive the award for the “Best Star-making Performance” by a male singer for his extraordinary performance as Oronte in Verdi’s I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata with Opera Orchestra of New York last April in Avery Fisher Hall. “The tenor wowed the audience with his golden-age style singing”, writes Plotkin.
On Sunday, December 15th, PBS will re-broadcast the Metropolitan Opera’s documentary, THE AUDITION. The feature-length documentary takes you behind the scenes at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, and covers the dramatic week leading up to the finals. Michael is to be featured in an additional interview with Midge Woolsey during a break in the documentary. The program will be aired locally on WNET, Channel 13 in New York from noon to 2:30 PM.