Michael Wade Lee (tenor)
Michael Wade Lee received his BM from Stephen F. Austin State University (1995) and his MM from Indiana University (2001). Critics hail Michael Wade Lee as „that rarity among operatic tenors, a really good-looking, virile, well-built and gifted thespian with a wide-ranging voice to match.” He has sung with many renowned opera houses, such as Greek National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North UK, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Staatstheater Mainz, Lyric Opera Productions (Ireland), Musica Viva (Hong Kong), The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera to name a few. His versatile repertoire includes Verdi’s Radames (“Aida”), Duke (“Rigoletto”), Alfredo (“La traviata”), Riccardo (“Un ballo in maschera”), Manrico (“Il trovatore”), Cassio (“Otello”), Don José (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Puccini’s Pinkerton (“Madama Butterfly”), Calaf (“Turandot”), Cavaradossi (“Tosca”), Mozart’s Tamino (“Die Zauberflöte”) and Idamante (“Idomeneo”), Nemorino (Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore”), Lensky (Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”), Actor (the world premiere of Kitty Brazelton’s “Fireworks!”, 2002), etc. Michael Wade Lee has appeared in concert on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall among others. His concert and oratorio repertoire includes tenor parts in the works of Beethoven, Händel, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, etc.
He has been a finalist in the Texoma region’s National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions (1995–2005). He also won the Metropolitan Opera National Council encouragement award in Indiana in 2000 as well as being endowed with the prestigious Merola Career Grant (2004, 2005) and the Pacific Opera Career Grant (2002, 2003, 2004).