Michael Gallup (Bonze)
Michael Gallup is praised as much for his acting abilities as for his tremendous vocal range from high falsetto to deep basso. He has appeared with many opera companies throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Pacific, Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Long Beach Opera, Arizona Opera, Anchorage Opera, Dayton Opera, Orlando Opera and Palm Beach Opera.
He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl under Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Charles Groves and Leonard Slatkin. Notable roles for Los Angeles Opera include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Sacristan in Tosca, Trinity Moses in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Doctor Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algieri, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore, Zuniga in Carmen and Alcindoro/Benoit in La Bohème. Michael has performed the roles of Leporello for Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Pacific, Dayton Opera and Utah Opera, Dulcamara, Don Magnifico and Doctor Bartolo for Arizona Opera, Mustafà for the Palm Beach Opera, Faninal for Portland Opera, Alcindoro/Benoit for Dallas Opera and Vancouver Opera, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, and Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio for the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. In 2008, he appeared as Doctor Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Redlands Bowl and recently repeated this role in performances for over 6,000 students with the L. A. Opera. He appeared with Hawaii Opera as Pooh-Bah in The Mikado and as Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, Utah Opera as Pooh-Bah, Lyric Opera as Dulcamara, Redlands Bowl and Stockton Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca. He performed for Opera Pacific as Alcindoro/Benoit and as Elder McLean in Susannah and also sang the role of Bartolo for this company. Michael possesses an extensive classical and contemporary repertoire, appearing at the Ojai Festival under Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, John Adams, Calvin Simmons and Esa Pekka Salonen. He has sung with the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, the 92th Street “Y” Chamber Orchestra in New York, Pacific Chorale, William Hall Chorale and Roger Wagner Chorale. He has worked with a broad range of accomplished conductors including James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Jiri Kout, Kent Nagano, Randall Behr, Lawrence Foster, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Tilson Thomas and Placido Domingo. He debuted as Sacristan in Phoenix Opera’s 2008 production of Tosca.