Michael Orlinsky, Baritone, is a Singer/Composer currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the Horizon: Michael is engaged as a Teaching Artist with the The East Bay Center for the Arts, and is engaged to perform The (New) Mikado with The Lamplighters, singing the role of Piccia Tuccia.
Concise Bio: Michael Orlinsky, baritone, has performed extensively in the San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas areas. He has sung over 35 roles in his quickly budding career, and was well received for his Chicago Premiere of Nielsen's Maskarade. Critic Lawrence A. Johnson, in the Chicago Classical Review, wrote: "Michael Orlinsky as Henrik, Leander’s servant and masquerade partner-in-crime, was a solid presence."
Michael earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, where he received an Assistantship with the Opera Department. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Michael won first place in the North Park University Chamber Music Ensemble Competition with the Dover Ensemble, and First Place in the Polish Arts Club Competition.
San Francisco: In early May 2016, he joined Opera Lounge singing the role of Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and in late May he joined Opera Cultura in Rio de Mujeres. In April of 2016 he joined the Presidio Trust in their concert production of Cosi fan tutte. In late March of 2016, Michael joined West Edge Opera in their concert production of Leoncavallo's La Boheme. In early March 2016 he performed The Computer Kids Magic Night with Solo Opera. In February Michael joined Opera San Jose covering the role of Morales in Carmen. In December of 2015, Michael joined the BraceBridge Dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel. In April, he joined the chorus of The Magic Flute with Opera San Jose.In March, he covered Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Livermore Valley Opera, and the following year, joined LVO again to sing L'imperial Commissario and cover Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. In October, Michael joined West Bay Opera as the Court Usher in Rigoletto. He sang Uberto in La Serva Padrona with the San Francisco Opera Guild in late February. In early February Michael joined Pocket Opera singing the role of Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. Michael made his Bay Area debut with the Solano Chamber Society as a soloist in their annual Messiah in December 2014.
Outreach: Michael enjoys outreach opportunities. He often participated in outreach through The University of Nevada Las Vegas and North Park University, but he also enjoyed touring with companies created specifically for outreach. Michael toured Las Vegas at risk schools with GMA Productions performing the role of "the boy" in Hub Miller’s Watch Out! Or the Music Will Get You, and toured with Chicago Opera Playhouse performing The Knightly News and Cinderhood. The following year  he returned to Chicago Opera Playhouse to portray the Father in their outreach program of Hansel and Gretel. In the summer of 2013 Michael accepted the role of Educational Director for Main Street Opera's outreach with the Italian Cultural Center, Casa Italia. The first outreach program developed was from L'elisir d'amore. Michael directed and portrayed Belcore. The next program he produced was a Don Pasquale, and later he produced Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Michael performed in the San Francisco Opera Guild's outreach of The Magic Flute as Papageno.
New Works: Michael has premiered several works. In late May of 2016 he joined Opera Cultura in the new work Rio de Mujeres. He premiered William Webster's new work, Mort pour la France, in November 2015. Michael had the great fortune of working with composer Jonathan Stinson in two premieres. In The March, an opera based on the Civil Rights Movement. He performed the role of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. Michael was "The Wolf" in Stinson's Children's Opera, The Knightly News. In late 2013, Michael premiered the new "Honor Requiem" by Amos Gillespie, and workshopped a portion of the role of BlackHawk from "BlackHawk Speaks" by Patricia Morehead. At OperaWorks 2011 at Cal. State Northridge he performed in the original "3 act Non-Boring Opera" called Zombie A-pocolips. He created the character "Michael" A mental patient who believes himself to be a figment of other people's imaginations. He premiered the role of Chief Laymen, the antagonist, in the premiere of the musical: Pandemic, written by William Waldrop and Bobby Williamson. Michael also premiered the baritone solo for his Brian Myer's choral cycle A Red, Red Rose.
Stage Directing: Michael has directed several shows. He has mostly directed outreach performances with both student and professional performers. He began his directing career with his production of Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief in 2010, and later that year he directed Marry Me a Little with RagTag Entertainment. In 2011 he directed Menotti's The Telephone as a program for a retirement home, and reprised Marry Me a Little. As Educational Director with Main Street Opera he modifies and directs an opera each year for Casa Italia's Summer Camp. He has directed outreach versions of L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In the Summer of 2014 Michael directed La Dolorosa for Casa Italia and the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.
Composition: Michael began his composing career in the Mid 2000's writing Contemporary music in a variety of styles. He had an extensive repertoire of over 80 songs, and he toured the Las Vegas area as an acoustic artist. Occassionally, he had the pleasure of incorporating more players in to a band, and he would collaborate with other instrumentalists to write for their instruments. In 2006 Michael began attending The University of Nevada Las Vegas to study and understand music better. In 2010 he was reading The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe and decided to try and set the words to music in a song cycle. Since then he has written many Art Songs and a few instrumental works. He has completed a Requiem in memory of his brother Adam Roy Elliot who passed in 2013.
Teaching: Michael maintains a private voice and piano studio and is often teaching in the classroom setting. In the summer he teaches general music classes at Casa Italia's Summer Camp. In 2013 - 2014 he was a Teaching Artist with Chicago Opera Theater's Opera For All program. In 2015 he taught with the Village Center for the Arts as an Enrichment Teacher and private and group piano lessons. He also works as a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera, East Bay Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Opera Guild's teaching programs Voices for Social Justice and Book to Bravo! where he is a Composer and Teaching Artist.
Chicago: In early 2012 Michael made his Oratorio premiere as the baritone soloist in Dubois' The Seven last words of Christ with the Philomena Foundation. In the Spring of 2012 Michael achieved the final round of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition in Chicago. He also sang the roles of Schlemil/Hermann in les Contes d'Hoffmann with Katydid Productions. In 2013 he sang the roles of Angelotti, Sciarrone, and the Jailor in Tosca with Main Street Opera. Michael also collaborated as a Company Member of VOX3 in such concerts as "Schmaltz and Schenanigans", "Weber to Wagner". He understudied the Baritone solos from Faure Requiem in their "In Paradisum" concert, and has been featured as a Young Artist and soloist on a concert with The North Shore Choral Society. Michael was also given the opportunity for the Chicago Premiere of Henrik in the Danish opera Maskarade by Nielsen. In March 2014, he made his Gilbert and Sullivan debut as Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B. in H.M.S. Pinafore with The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The summer of 2014 Michael performed as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte with Candid Concert Opera. He performed with Main Street Opera as "The Father" in Hansel and Gretel, and acted as Chorusmaster. After Hansel and Gretel, Michael went on as his cover role of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Main Street Opera and directed the Zarzuela La Dolorosa. He joined /kor/ Productions in their Falstaff as Ford in the conceptual production done in the Act One Pub, in front of the Mayne Stage. In the summer of 2015 Michael returned to Chicago to sing Figaro in Main Street Opera's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also reprised Dover Beach and sang the role of David in A Hand of Bridge with The Floating Opera Company, and he sang in the Summer Scenes Seminar with NorthWestern University.
North Park University (NPU): In 2011, Michael earned his masters degree in Vocal Performance and studied with Dr. Karen Bauer. He was awarded and Assistanship with the Opera Program during his time at NPU. Michael's first role in Chicago was with NPU in 2012 singing Papageno in The Magic Flute and later in 2013 in Ba-Ta-Clan, the Oratorio Messiah, and Bach's Magnificat with the Bach Week Festival. He gave his Master's Recital on February 15th. Later that semester he portrayed William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe with NPU while covering Horace Tabor. He also performed Dover Beach by Barber with the Dover Ensemble.
Las Vegas: In addition to studying voice Michael produced, directed, and sang the role of Bob in The Old Maid and The Thief. He obtained the idea to produce from singing Gianni Schicchi in Danielle White's self-produced Gianni Schicchi in 2010. In the summer of 2010, he played Masetto in Sieur Du Luth’s production of Don Giovanni. Michael performed with Nevada Opera Theatre in such roles as Yamadori, and The Imperial Commissioner from Madama Butterfly and Benoit and Alcindoro in La Boheme. He understudied Belcore with Opera Las Vegas in their production of l’elisir d’amore. He later sang for Opera Las Vegas portraying a young traveling auditioner touring Europe in their original production Around the World in 80 Minutes. After earning his degree in Vocal Performance at UNLV, Michael performed with Sin City Opera as Aenaes, and The Sailor in Dido and Aenaes. He sang the role of The Boy with RagTag Entertainment in their production of Marry Me A Little.
University of Las Vegas: Michael started his career in Las Vegas working with Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theatre, Sin City Opera, and RagTag Entertainment. While performing, Michael obtained his undergraduate degree at The University of Nevada Las Vegas studying with Dr. Alfonse Anderson. He performed in many productions through his undergraduate studies with UNLV’s Opera Theatre. In UNLV’s Productions Michael protrayed The Speaker in The Magic Flute, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, while covering Sharpless, and Notaio in Gianni Schicchi. Michael also understudied Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with UNLV Opera Theatre, while portraying Fulton, the Chairman of the Committee, in the UNLV Choral production of Of Thee I Sing. Michael performed the role of Apollyon in the first act of The Pilgrim’s Progress for Richard Brunson’s Doctoral lecture recital and later sang with Dr. Richard Brunson singing the baritone solo from Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with The University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County Concert Choir and the Marshfield Symphony Orchestra.