Biography

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Michael Nansel - Baritone

Upcoming Engagements for 2018-19 include DIE FLEDERMAUS with Oswego Opera Theater, CARMEN and he will direct and sing the Title Role in NOYE’S FLUDDE (his Directorial Debut).


Engagements during the 2017-18 season included MADAMMA BUTTERFLY and LA TRAVIATA with Wichita Grand Opera as well as MESSIAH at Lincoln Center and DER FREISCHÜTZ with Bronx Opera.


Engagements during the 2016-17 season for Michael Nansel included 3 Title Role Debuts in RIGOLETTO, NOYE’S FLUDDE and FALSTAFF.

Engagements during the 2013-16 seasons for Michael Nansel include Rodrigo in DON CARLO, Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Leuthold in GUILLAUME TELL and the Sacristan in TOSCA with Wichita Grand Opera, Escamillo in CARMEN and Scarpia in TOSCA with Mississippi Opera, Baritone Soloist for the Ernest Block: Sacred Service at Carnegie Hall in NYC.


Michael Nansel, is an award winning singer and actor. Best-known as an opera singer, he is also an accomplished recitalist and concert artist, and appears frequently in musical theater classics. Mr. Nansel has 73-roles to his credit.

He sings music from the Mozart to Sondheim, from Verdi to Rodgers & Hammerstein. He was the Wichita Grand Opera Singer of the Year in 2012 and was the dual winner in 2003 of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors for Outstanding lead actor in a musical and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.  He has also twice been a member of Casts nominated for Helen Hayes Awards.


His voice has been described as “stentorian”, “rich” with “great vocal and emotional power”.  Reviewers have also remark that his acting “communicates deep humanity”, can be “tender and anguished” and that he is “the top banana”.  Mr. Nansel possesses a diverse repertoire ranging from the comedic Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) and Belcore (L'Elisir d'Amore) to the dramatic Count Di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Escamillo (Carmen).  Among his most widely acclaimed roles are the Di Luna (Il Trovatore), Iago (Otello), as well as Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Danilo (The Merry Widow), and the Title Character in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  

His concert credits include: Mendelsohn’s Elijah, Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Ernest Block’s Sacred Service, Brahms’ Requiem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.


He has been conducted by several Maestros of note including; Julius Rudel, Plácido Domingo, Eugene Kohn, Marin Alsop, Steven Mercurio, Gregory Buchalter.  Directors of note include Stephen Lawless, Jonathon Loy, Jayme McDaniel, James Marvel and Scott Schwartz. He has shared the stage with Joyce DiDonato, Salvatore Licitra, Yunah Lee and Denise Graves, Samuel Ramey and Paul Plishka.


Currently, Mr. Nansel resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife of 32 years and their pack of dogs, lizards and various fosters.