Tenor Michael Papincak was honored to be a young artist in the 2015 Merola Opera Program where he performed scenes in the Schwabacher Summer Conert as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre. Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, directed by Roy Rallo and conducted by Maestro Valery Ryvkin. This coming season he will make his debut with Pittsburgh Opera as the 1st Jew in Strauss’ Salome. While at Merola he took part in master classes presented by Jane Eaglen, and Sheri Greenawald and worked with such noted coaches and singers as James Morris, Ann Murray, Alan Darling, Mark Morash, Malcolm Martineau, Steven Blier, Kevin Murphy, John Parr, Martin Katz, and Peter Grunberg.
Michael is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. While at MSM he performed such roles as Toby Higgins in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Tony in Bernstein’s New York (Leonard Bernstein review), Secondo Soldato/Liberto/Tribuni in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay, Inkeeper/Hedgehog in The Cunning Little Vixen, The Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
In 2015 he sang Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with the New York Opera Exchange and will sing Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre for the New York Lyric Opera Theatre. In 2013, Michael was invited to the Siena Music Festival where he performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and worked with soprano Renata Scotto in master classes. Michael is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Lawrence University, and in 2014 was awarded a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Papincak seems suited for the role of Ahab, which makes him quite a rarity, given that so few people have this vocal ability.” – The Opera Tattler