Post-graduation experience at Manhattan Opera Studio

Michael Payne
Michael Payne is looking forward to his summer contract with the Manhattan Opera Studio

Singer Michael Payne is looking forward to performing with the Manhattan Opera Studio (MOS) this summer, following his graduation from the Master of Music program.

This post-graduation experience will begin July 17. Michael will perform the role of Zarastro in Die Zauberflote and cover the role of Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro. With other artists from MOS, he’ll also perform in a special concert at Carnegie Hall.

About Manhattan Opera Studio

According to the MOS website, “[The mission of Manhattan Opera Studio] is to help the most talented singers grow and increase their opportunities to become successful professionals.”

Michael calls this opportunity “the perfect way to start my career after finishing my master’s,” and looks forward to working with the diverse and exceptional group of directors, vocal coaches and staging directors at MOS.

Valuable resources

When asked what helped prepare him for this opportunity, Michael immediately mentioned the music department’s voice faculty, particularly his mentor Dr. Chris Thompson. “He’s put so much work and care into my vocal progress and helped me grow in so many facets of my life,” Michael said. “This would not have been possible without him.”

Michael has established a crowdfunding account to raise resources for his tuition, travel and housing costs while he performs with MOS. He shared his gratitude for those who have already contributed to this vital professional experience.

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