Baritone Michael Sokol's operatic career includes roles in the United States and in Europe, from the Metropolitan Opera, to the Netherlands' Opera Zuid, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Mr. Sokol grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where as a child he was a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir for many years. He received his university degrees from Arizona State University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University.
As a performer in theatre and opera, he has performed roles from Mozart's Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini's Marcello in La bohème and Shaw's Henry Higgins in Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. Very active in the creation of new music theatre, he created the role of Frank Lloyd Wright in the world premiere of Darren Hagen and Paul Muldoon's opera Shining Brow, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and the role of the Magician in the American premiere of Stephen Oliver's Mario and the Magician, directed by Francesca Zambello.
An expert in the comic masterpieces of Gilbert & Sullivan as well as Offenbach, he directs the San Diego Summer Gilbert & Sullivan Workshop. Since moving to San Diego, Mr. Sokol has appeared in main stage roles at San Diego Opera, performed recitals of Schubert's Winterreise, and is the cantorial soloist at Temple Adat Shalom.
Mr. Sokol has taught at master classes and summer opera programs throughout the United States, and prior to arriving at Point Loma Nazarene University served on faculty at UC Santa Barbara, CSU Sacramento, and San Diego State University.