Michael Hewitt

Michael Hewitt
baritone

A native of Centennial, Colorado, baritone Michael Hewitt joins the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the spring of 2018 singing in American Opera Initiative’s 20-Minute operas and WNO’s Candide. Recently, he made his company debut with The Glimmerglass Festival, reprising his role of Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and singing the role of King Edoardo III in the American premiere of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais. Other roles include Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Somarone in Hector Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Bottom in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also sung the role of Mordecai in the world premiere production of Osi Sladek’s Far Beyond Rubies, and he was featured in composer Mohammad Fairouz’s lecture “We Must Love One Another Or Die: Geopolitical Poetics in an Age of Cynicism.” Mr. Hewitt’s concert performances include Bach’s BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild with the Houston Bach Society, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Requiem with Houston Masterwork Chorus, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Houston Youth Symphony for their 70th anniversary, and Bach’s Magnificat with Masterworks Texas Chorale. Singing works from Golden Age musical theater, past roles include Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Frank Butler in Annie, Get Your Gun, Emile in South Pacific, Lancelot in Camelot, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Hewitt is an alumnus of prestigious training programs including Perry-Mansfield, Barrington Stage Company, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, the Music Academy of The West, Aspen Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, and Chautauqua Opera Company. A finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, Mr. Hewitt holds degrees from The University of Denver Lamont School of Music (BM) and Rice University Shepherd School of Music (MM), where he was the recipient of The McCollum Fellowship.