Michael P. Mendelsohn is a native of Valley Stream, Long Island, now a resident of the Bay Area. Frequently seen on the stage, Mr. Mendelsohn recently made his company debut with Opera San Jose as Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
Other roles include Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Alfred in Northbay Opera’s highly successful production of Die Fledermaus, Normanno in West Bay Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Spoletta in Tosca with Pacific Repertory Opera.
Other recent operatic engagements include the roles of Monostatos in The Magic Flute and Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (both at West Bay Opera), The Devil in The Soldiers’ Tale and Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio (with Pocket Opera of San Francisco), and Spalanzani in Tales of Hoffmann and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro (with Livermore Valley Opera). He has also performed Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Roderigo in Otello, Tinca in Il Tabarro, Mime in Das Rhinegold, Goro in Madame Butterfly and the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide and Offenbach’s Bluebeard.
Mr. Mendelsohn’s solo oratorio repertoire include performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Nelson-Messe and Missa Solemnis in B Flat (“Harmoniemesse”) and with the San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity.