Michael Desnoyers

Michael Desnoyers (founding member, on leave of absence) has sung over 50 different roles across San Francisco Bay Area stages, including performances with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Cinnabar Theatre, Ars Minerva, and Pocket Opera. Highlights from 2015 included the title roles in La Clemenza di Tito and Poliuto, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and concert performances of Mozart’s Requiem. He has performed most of the major roles in the Mozart tenor repertoire, including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Mr. Desnoyers can be heard on the Lamplighters’ CD recordings, singing the role of Cyril in Princess Ida and the role of Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe, where he was praised by Opera News for his “crystal clear timbre.” He will also be featured as Ernest on their upcoming release of The Grand Duke. He frequently performs as a concert soloist, having sung Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, CPE Bach’s Magnificat, and Dvorak’s Mass in D. Mr. Desnoyers was a member of Chautauqua Opera Young Artist program where he performed the role of Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte, 2011) and covered the role of Spoletta (Tosca, 2009).