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 bohème 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, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and the role of the Magician in the American premiere of Stephen Oliver's Mario and the Magician, directed by Francesca Zambello.

 

An expert in the comic masterpieces of Gilbert and Sullivan and Offenbach, he has appeared in and directed over 17 of their respective works. He was seen this past Fall as the Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzence for San Diego Opera.