The American lyric baritone, Michael P. Schmidt, was a Voices of Vienna Scholarship winner and Fellows Scholar at the University of Minnesota where he completed his DMA in voice while studying with Barbara Kierig.
Michael P. Schmidt is heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as having a “mellifluous voice” with “unusual beauty,” and has been privileged enough to perform with many of the finest opera companies and orchestras in North and South America and Europe. He is a section leader for the acclaimed Minnesota Chorale and is the Bass section leader for the Church of St. Patrick’s in Edina. By day he is a communications and training specialist for U.S. Bank.
Favorite roles Michael P. Schmidt has performed include Daniel Webster in The Mother of Us All, Belcore in L'elisir d’amore, Figaro in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Tevia in Fiddler on the Roof, and Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe. Oratorio appearances include Johannes Brahms' Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Felix Mendelssohnn's Elijah, and Haydn's Creation.
Michael P. Schmidt has been Singer in Consortium Carissimi in Minneapolisa (April 2011-August 2015); Bass Section Leader/Soloist at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis (since August 2015); Ensemble Singer in Vocalessence Minneapolis (since September 2015). He currently lives in Ramsey, Minnesota.