NEWS

01.15.2020

"In his role debut as Rigoletto, baritone Michael Mayes expressed by turns raging power, gentle lyricism, and bleak pleading. Limping about with a hunchback and withered arm, his physical dexterity captured the look of Rigoletto’s damaged character with a chilling vivi...

11.07.2019

"The success of this precarious balance act is primarily due to the production of the show's two central characters: Sweeney Todd and his hostess, Mrs. Lovett - who make "the worst pies in London".

The American baritone Michael Mayes, who sings Sweeney Todd, not only...

10.23.2019

“With only a week's notice, baritone Michael Mayes replaced an ailing Brian Mulligan, and he made you feel as if he's been singing this difficult role all his young life. Both gruff and tender, with commanding power, he became the snarky jester putting down his betters...

10.04.2019

"Baritone Michael Mayes made a conniving Tonio, the circus performer who longs to possess Nedda for himself. With a rich tone that easily cut through the orchestral accompaniment, Mayes conveyed the character’s fall into jealousy and vengeance. As Taddeo in the Interme...

09.23.2019

"THERE WERE SURPRISES on July 14 with Kristine McIntyre’s emotionally shattering mounting of Alban Berg’s seminal twelve-tone masterpiece Wozzeck.  . . Baritone Michael Mayes created a magnificently rendered portrait of the bedeviled protagonist that was heart-wrenchin...

07.30.2019

"If any further proof were needed that Des Moines Metro Opera is at the forefront of operatic excellence in America, their theatrically searing, musically impeccable Wozzeck would cement this assertion. I am happy to report that although I have only ever seen good prod...

07.09.2019

“The audience at the performance I attended on July 6, was open to the risk DMMO took and rewarded them with their applause. The applause after the 90-minute show would not stop. DMMO had to lower the "curtain" and turn on the house lights before the applause would die...

05.13.2019

"The convicted killer Sister Helen counsels, Joseph De Rocher, was sung by baritone Michael Mayes, a veteran of several Dead Man productions. The role fits Mayes’s instrument and comportment like a glove: the opera could have been written for him, and his interpretatio...

04.24.2019

“Michael Mayes, Baritone (Nixon) and Matthias Klink (Mao Tse-tung) were the perfect political couple and received well-deserved applause.”
- Oper Magazin (Translated from German)

"Nixon is the great, powerful baritone Michael Mayes..."
-Stuttgarter Zeitung (Translated f...

02.07.2019

"Mayes is the quintessential De Rocher. He has performed the role in eight productions, and to date, nobody does it better. Mayes inhabits the role completely, the way a hand fits a glove.Barton and Mayes make for a compelling team, leading what can credibly be called...

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