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Tenor Michael Sylvester, a native of Indiana, holds a B.M. from Westminster Choir College and a M.M. from Indiana University. He studied with the famed Wagnerian soprano and teacher Margaret Harshaw from 1974 until her death in 1997. A 1988 article in USA Today named Sylvester as one of the two most important tenors of his generation. Mr. Sylvester has sung leading roles in all of the major opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opera Australia’s Sydney Opera House, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Paris Opera, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Houston Grand Opera, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, Staatsoper Berlin, Grand Theater de Geneva, Deutshe Oper Berlin, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bonn Staatsoper, Frankfurt Staatsoper, Opera de Toulouse, the New Israeli Opera and many others. During the 1990s, Mr. Sylvester sang more performances at the Metropolitan Opera of Radames in Verdi’s opera AIDA than any other tenor.
In October 2001, Mr. Sylvester made his professional directing debut staging AIDA for the Indianapolis Opera, to great critical acclaim.
Among the nearly 50 operas roles he has performed are Radames in AIDA (which he has sung more than 150 times), the title role of Don Carlo in DON CARLO, Adorno in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Cavaradossi in TOSCA, Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Calaf in TURANDOT, Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Der Kaiser in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, Samson in SAMSON ET DALILA, Eleazar in LA JUIVE and Pollione in NORMA.
Among the many works he has performed in concert are Verdi’s REQUIEM, Mahler’s Das Leid von der Erde and Symphony #8 and Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with many orchestras worldwide.
Among his recordings are the title role in DON CARLO with James Levine (Sony Classics), Adorno in SIMON BOCCANEGRA with Sir George Solti (Polygram video), Calaf in TURANDOT (EMI video), Mahler’s Symphony #8 with Robert Shaw (Telarc) and Mendelssohn’s Die ertse Walpurgisnacht (Arabesque).
In his spare time Mr. Sylvester enjoys writing, woodworking and computer programming. He resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife, Michele and son Griffin. His oldest son, Steven, is a Major in the U. S. Air Force.
Mr. Sylvester has served on the voice faculties at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the University of Indianapolis. Currently he is on the faculty at DePaul University in Chicago, where he also maintains a private studio of young professional singers.