Hailed as "show stopping!", baritone Michael Pandolfo has become one of the most sought-after and exciting singers of his generation. His high caliber performances at Florida Grand Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and Wolf Trap Opera have garnered attention and critical acclaim.
This summer, Mr. Pandolfo will be making his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Robin Starveling in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which he will also be covering the role of Demetrius.
In the Spring of 2022, Michael made his Florida debut as a Studio Artist with Florida Grand Opera, singing a well-reviewed performance of Marullo in Rigoletto, in which he was praised for his standout "manly baritone". He also sang the bombastic role of Senator McCarthy in Fellow Travelers.
In 2021 Mr. Pandolfo starred as Papageno in The Magic Flute at The Glimmerglass Festival where he was noted by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for his “hardy” and “amusing” Papageno. That summer he also starred alongside Isabel Leonard and William Burden as Don Andres in a world premier production of Offenbach's Songbird designed by Jim Lowe, Kelley Rourke, Eric Sean Fogel and Francesca Zambello.
Mr. Pandolfo graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2018 with his Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, where he studied with renowned soprano Cynthia Lawrence. In 2021 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with his Masters in Music, where he studied with revered teacher Professor William McGraw.