Michael Mayes | Meet the Artists

Baritone. Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking.

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Originally from Cut and Shoot, Texas, Michael is a graduate of the University of North Texas.

This performance is Michael’s WNO debut.

Some of Michael’s most recent and celebrated roles include Sharpless in Madam Butterfly, the title role in Don Giovanni, as well as the title role in Rigoletto

Fun fact! While this is Michael’s WNO debut, the role of Joseph De Rocher is one that has garnered him great acclaim already. Michael and his self-proclaimed “homeboy”, composer Jake Heggie, have teamed up for many operas, including Three DecembersGreat Scott, and For a Look or a TouchMichael attributes much of his success to Jake’s partnership, saying “he’s given me the career I have today.” 

Enjoy an animated performance of Michael in Barber of Seville! 


“The word ‘powerful’ can not be overused in discussing Mr. Mayes” – The Huffington Post 

Buy tickets to Dead Man Walking to see Michael in one of his signature roles.

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