photo by Evan Zimmerman

photo by Evan Zimmerman

Who is Michael Hewitt?

Michael Hewitt loves to sing.  He specializes in new works, Italian repertoire, Bach, and as a proud AEA member, Golden Age musical theater.  Lauded by the Aspen Times, he makes “ …a big impression, as much for his resonant baritone as for his broad comedy as Somarone”. As an artist he is a strong advocate for charity, having raised nearly $3000 for pediatric cancer research to compete in the The Decath10n.

On stage Michael will make his company debut with Glimmerglass Opera in 2017, reprising his role of Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and covering Eduardo III in Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais. Michael has most recently been seen as Gianni in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Rice University as well as appearing in Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach. At The Music Academy of The West, his portrayal of Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola was met with “extended applause” (Opera News), As a Vocal Fellow atAspen he appeared as Somarone in in Hector Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. Other prominent roles include Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.

Michael’s concert performances include Bach's BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild with the Houston Bach Society. He sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Houston Youth Symphony for their 70th anniversary, and welcomed in the holiday season with Bach's Magnificat with Masterworks Texas Chorale. Additional performances include Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos as a part of an opera scenes program.

Singing works from Golden Age musical theater, his roles include Lancelot in Camelot, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. Additional performances on stage offered Emile de Becque in South Pacific, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

As a proponent of new music Michael took part in the world premiere production of Far Beyond Rubies, originating the role or Mordecai, a musical based on The Book Of Esther written by Holicaust survivor Osi Sladek. At Aspen Michael was featured in composer Mohammad Fairouz’s lecture “We Must Love One Another Or Die: Geopolitical Poetics in an Age of Cynicism”, where he sang excerpts of the role of Machiavelli from Fairouz’s opera The New Prince.

Michael is a cantor and soloist at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Houston. You can catch him at every 11 am Sunday mass. Once a week, he can also be heard singing at the 5 pm Saturday mass, 7:30 am, 9 am, 12:45 pm, or 6 pm Sunday masses.

When not onstage or in rehearsal, Michael can be found in the training in the gym, reading, or searching for the city's finest espresso. He turned his passion for fitness into a philanthropic effort, raising nearly $3000 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. When he isn’t on stage, he works as a fitness consultant, helping people to lose weight, build muscle, and develop physiques they can be proud of.  If you ask him about fitness, he'll tell you that consistency is key, you can't outwork a poor diet, and to visit to get to where you want to be.

If you ask him for a book recommendation, he'll tell you to read Shogun by James Clavell, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and Demian, Steppenwolf, and Siddartha by Herman Hesse

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