“Michael Gray is perfect in his role as the maniacal…channeling cartoon villains like Snidely Whiplash in his physicality and bringing his powerful, operatic vocals to the musical numbers”
Unafraid to reshape traditional comprimario characters into something twistedly dark or entirely new, Michael Gray is not your typical tenor. Critics describe Michael’s
interpretations as, “Dastardly, Very Creepy, Slyly Lustful, Rhett Butleresque, and Impressively Athletic.” Michael possesses a physical capability on stage that, “Effectively steals the show” with “Good comic ease” while, “Singing strikingly well at all times.” “The exaggerated reactions from some of the performers elevates the fun (esp. Michael Gray who most effectively showcases the embellished flourishes”, “Employing his amazing voice to great effect.”
Currently, Michael is scheduled to perform as Jasper with Swift Creek Mill Theatre (VA) in the company’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and First Elder in Oratorio Society of Richmond’s production of Handel’s Susanna.
Most recently, Michael has appeared as a Narrator of cowboy poetry with the Glens Falls Symphony (NY) during their performance of Copeland’s Rodeo, Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen and Merlin in Camelot with Charlottesville Opera (VA). In 2019, Michael performed as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Susquehanna (PA), Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Florence Symphony Orchestra (SC), and Hyllus in Handel’s Hercules with Oratorio Society of Richmond (VA). Additionally, Michael was the recipient of Opera Susquehanna’s Professional Fellowship Award. He also appeared as Rinucccio in Christopher Newport University‘s production of Gianni Schicchi (VA), The Evangelist in Pickens Concert Choir production of Weihnachtsoratorium (SC), and as a soloist in The Reston Chorale‘s Messiah outside of Washington D.C. In 2018, he premiered the role of Giralamo in Capitol Opera Richmond‘s and Firehouse Theater‘s production of To Damascus, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and nominated for an Artsie Award (VA). Michael performed as Tamino in an abridged version of Die Zauberflöte with Capitol Opera Richmond, and The Sailor in the company’s production of Dido and Aeneas (VA). Michael’s performance as The Sailor was highlighted in full on NPR, Richmond. During the summer of 2018, Michael appeared as Don Curzio in Charlottesville Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, and the Steward in the company’s productions of Into the Woods (VA).
During the 2016 – 2017 season, Michael performed as Monsieur Vogelsang and The Sailor as a Professional Artist in Tidewater Opera‘s productions of The Impresario and Dido and Aeneas (VA), the role of The Tyger in the world premiere of Stranger From Paradise with Opera Omaha in partnership with the Great Plains Theater Conference (NE), the role of Beppe in Pagliacci as a Guest Artist with Opera Southwest (NM), fulfilled duties as the understudy of Ferrando in Opera Omaha’s production of Cosi fan tutte (NE),covered the role of Argirio as an Apprentice Artist in Opera Southwest’s production of Tancredi (NM), and appeared as El Remendado in Quisisana Resort‘s production of Carmen (ME).
Frequently hired as a soloist, Michael has performed with various ensembles and venues including: The Reston Chorale (Washington D.C, VA.), The Italian Embassy (Washington D.C.), Pickens Concert Choir (SC), Cantanti PROJECT (NY), Palmetto Opera (SC), Capitol Opera (VA), Opera Carolina (NC), South Carolina Bach Choir, Teatro Lirico d’Europa, Opera at USC (SC), the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia – Chamber Ensemble as seen at the 2012 Spoleto Festival (SC), and has also performed abroad with the Asolo Song Festival in Venice, Italy.
Currently, Michael is an ABD Doctoral Candidate at the University of South Carolina, and travels nationally with his partner Tascha Anderson, mezzo soprano.
Review Credits – BROADWAY WORLD, STYLE WEEKLY, PAUL KURITZ, COLUMBIA FREE TIMES, TV JERRY, SIFTER, THE PROGRESS – INDEX, RVArts Review.