Baritone Michael J. Hawk makes his LA Opera debut as Prince Arjuna in Satyagraha. He received his master’s degree in May 2018 from Rice University, where he studied with Stephen King. Recent appearances include the Cobbler in Philip Glass's The Juniper Tree at Wolf Trap Opera; Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, Professor Bhaer in Mark Adamo's Little Women, Curio in Giulio Cesare and Betto in Gianni Schicchi with the Shepherd School Opera; the Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah and Dandini in La Cenerentola with the Hillman Opera; the title role in Don Giovanni and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with the WNY Chamber Orchestra.
In 2018, he was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. In the summer of 2017, he joined the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, covering the role of Pacuvio in Rossini's La pietra del paragone and singing in Four of a Kind, a recital with Steven Blier and Joseph Li. For the summer of 2018, he joins the Apprentice Singer Program at Santa Fe Opera, where he will cover the title role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams' Doctor Atomic.