Making his company debut in the 2013-14 season, tenor Michael Desnoyers appears as Dr. Caius in Verdi’s Falstaff. Favorite past roles include Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Albert (Albert Herring), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Tamino (The Magic Flute), performed with such regional companies as West Bay Opera, West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Lamplighters’ Music Theatre, and Pocket Opera.
On the concert stage, Mr. Desnoyers has sung Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Winterreise, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Awards received include the 2011 Ben DeBolt Award winner and the 2010 Tony Cuevas Award winner at the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition. Other awards include first place at the 2004 Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition, second place at both the 2004 Tri-State NATS vocal competition and 2006 Eastern Regional NATS competitions, third place at the 2010 East Bay Opera League competition, and the third place of the 2009 San Francisco Conservatory Bi-Annual Composer’s Art Song Competition.
Mr. Desnoyers holds a Master’s of Music in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in vocal performance and music education from Slippery Rock University. In 2011 and 2009, he was a member of Chautauqua Opera Young Artist program where he performed the role of Monostatos (The Magic Flute) and covered the role of Spoletta (Tosca).