Michael Sokol - Baritone
Baritone Michael Sokol has had great success in opera and music theatre here in the United States and in Europe, in venues from the Metropolitan Opera, to the Philadelphia Orchestra, to Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Mr. Sokol grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where as a child he was a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir for many years. He received his university degrees from Arizona State University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University. As a performer in theatre and opera, he has performed roles from Mozart's Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini's Marcello in La Boheme and Shaw's Henry Higgins in Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. Very active in the creation of new music theatre, he created the role of Frank Lloyd Wright in the world premiere of Darren Hagen and Paul Muldoon's opera Shining Brow and the role of the Magician in the American premiere of Stephen Oliver's Mario and the Magician, and this past summer as Neil Armstrong in Stephen Sturk’s cantata ONE SMALL STEP.
An expert in the comic masterpieces of Gilbert and Sullivan and Offenbach, he has appeared in and directed over 17 of their respective works. San Diego audiences have seen him in his frequent appearances with Bodhi Tree Concerts in their annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions and in appearances with the San Diego Opera. Michael is also the founder and director of the San Diego Summer Gilbert and Sullivan Workshop, now in it’s 7th season.
Mr. Sokol is consultant and director of Point Loma’s opera program, PLOT, which just presented Puccini’s LA BOHEME this November.