Favourite opera you've seen live: The first production I ever saw of Turandot changed my life. I had been to the opera before, but never had I been so riveted to my seat by the music, sets, singing, or action. Everything came together as one grand spectacle in that production, and it opened my mind as to what opera can be.
Favourite opera character: Verdi's Falstaff is the greatest opera ever written, and I am of the opinion that the title character is the greatest character in all of opera.
Favourite aria to recommend to people: "Ella giammai m'amò", King Phillip's monologue from Don Carlo is unparalleled in its showstopping dramatic force. But for vocal fireworks, Marilyn Horne singing "Furibondo spira il vento" from Händel's Partenope is hard to top.
To see Michael in action as the exuberant Dandini, get your tickets to Rossini's Cinderella starting from $40!
The Merry Widow photo by Nanc Price.