The Kennedy Center

Michael Adams


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, baritone Michael Adams is in his second season as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, where he sings Melisso in Alcina and the Pilot in The Little Prince during the 2017–2018 season. He returned to Des Moines Metro Opera in the summer of 2017 to sing Ping in Turandot and Donald in Billy Budd after debuting as Lescaut in Manon in 2016. In the 2016–2017 season with WNO, he performed the title role in a special performance of Don Giovanni, Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, and First Prison Guard and Motorcycle Cop in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. He also returned in his role debut as Marcello in La bohème to the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where he debuted as Melisso in Alcina in the 2015–2016 season. Previous seasons include performances with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Ping in Turandot, the Marquis in La traviata, and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, in addition to covering Neluso in L’Africaine. At the Academy of Vocal Arts, he sang Valentin in Faust, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Lescaut in Manon, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Schaunard in La bohème, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, and the Marquis in La traviata. He is a previous Apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera and Fort Worth Opera. He has also sung Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni at the Seagle Music Colony. He has received top prizes from the competitions of the Gerda Lissner, Licia Albanese-Puccini, Mario Lanza, and Nelson Eddy foundations.