American Tenor, Michael St. Peter, is an emerging young artist based in New York City. He is recognized as a performer whose, “…attention to detail both emotionally and musically was profound”(Opera Wire). Raised in Chicago, Illinois, his career began at an early age with Chicago Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago (2005-2006). Credits with Chicago Opera Theatre include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Amore). At Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michael performed in productions of Tosca, and Carmen as a member of the children’s chorus.
In 2012, he started his Bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School and made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall, shortly there after, singing in a Benjamin Britten Song-fest (2013), coached and played by Brian Zeger. He then went on to perform in L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Le petit vieillard) and La Calisto (Mercurio) with Juilliard Opera. Other credits include Werther (Schmidt), Ariodante (Lurcanio), Der Zauberflöte (Monostatos), Rigoletto (Borsa), and The Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint) coached and performed at the Chautauqua Institution School of Music. In 2018, Michael received his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he performed in The Cunning Little Vixen (Schoolmaster), Der Zigeunerbaron (Ottokar) and Nicolo Isouard’s rarely performed Cendrillon (Le Prince).
Michael has received two Encouragement Awards from The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Competition (2017/2018), and had the honor of earning Second Prize at the 2018 McCammon Voice Competition. He’s also been fortunate enough to take part in Masterclasses led by critically acclaimed singers and coaches, such as, Elly Ameling, Harolyn Blackwell, Anthony Dean Griffey, Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi, and Martin Katz.
This season, Michael made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro and The Cecilia Chorus of New York. A lover of new music, he also took part in workshops for two new opera’s; Fire Shut Up in My Bones, by Terrence Blanchard, and Awakenings by Tobias Picker commissioned for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he was also a 2018 Gerdine Young Artist. Up-coming engagements include Michael’s role and company debut with Tulsa Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Haymarket Opera’s Early Music Cabaret in Chicago.