Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Reader Submission: Barihunk Michael Floriano

Michael Floriano
A reader suggested Rochester, NY native Michael Floriano, who is a 2016 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist at the Central City Opera. He is currently singing Joe in composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell's "Later the Same Evening," which has one remaining performance on August 5th in the Gilman Studio. He is also appearing in a number of supporting roles in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Tosca, as well as in Central City Opera’s Short Works scenes program.

The opera "Later the Same Evening" was inspired by Edward Hopper’s classic American paintings, revealing the hope, longing and love of characters in five Hopper paintings as they step out of their frames and come to life one night in 1932 New York. Tickets are available online.

Floriano was a 1st place winner in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist’s Voice Competition, as well as a 2013 finalist in the S. Livingston Mather vocal competition in Cleveland. He is starting his Masters degree in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan in the fall after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory. You can hear him sing "Donne Mie la fate a Tanti" from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte by clicking here.

He has recently performed Taquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at Oberlin Opera Theatre, Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at Oberlin in Italy and Anthony in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd with the Janiec Opera Company.

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