Hailed as “phenomenal,” “impressively epic” and for his “wine-dark bass,” bass-baritone Mikhail Smigelski enjoys a career of vast and various genres, including opera, oratorio, early music, musical theatre and contemporary music. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, this versatile artist recently performed Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Zuniga in Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera, Bhaer in Little Women with Butler Opera Center and in two world premieres, the lead role of Henry in Aylward’s Switch with East Coast Contemporary Ensemble and Blue in Zapruder’s Golden with Cohen New Works Festival in Austin; Zbigniew in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor with Cleveland Opera, the title role in Falstaff with Butler Opera Center and a Carnegie Hall solo debut in a Gala Concert by the Russian Cultural Center of New York. Upcoming appearances include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Miami Lyric Opera, the title role of Aleko at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin and the title role of Eugene Onegin with Butler Opera Center.
From the outset of his professional career, Mikhail Smigelski toured Russia, Europe and the United States, not only as an opera soloist, but also as part of various vocal ensembles and as a conductor. His portrayals include Mars in Orphée aux enfers, Superintendant Budd in Albert Herring, both Figaro and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Nikitich and Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Herrmann and Schlémil in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Cold Genius in Purcell’s King Arthur. Mikhail Smigelski has collaborated with Theater Sankt-Peterburg Opera, Theater Aachen, Theater Solingen, Theater Leverkusen, Theater Remscheid, Raven Opera, Opera Leggera and the Ferus Festival in New York.
Mikhail Smigelski began his advanced musical studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree and, subsequently, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany, where he completed the Master of Music degree in opera performance. Upon moving to United States he earned the Master of Music degree in choral conducting at Sam Houston State University and is currently working toward the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in opera/vocal performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Teachers include Alexander Loginov, Evgeniy Fedotov, Henner Leyhe, Dr. Walter Foster and Nikita Storojev.In addition to his performance career, Mikhail Smigelski serves as a Director of Music at The Woodlands Christian Church in The Woodlands, TX.