Meet the Artists – Michael Mayes

Michael Mayes

Alfio, Cavalleria Rusticana / Tonio, Pagliacci


  1. Where were you born and raised?
    Born in Houston, raised in Cut and Shoot, Texas.
  2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
    Organic agriculture.
  3. The first opera I was ever in was…
    The Flying Dutchman at Fort Worth Opera.
  4. My favorite opera…
    …hasn’t been written yet.
  5. My favorite food to cook or eat is…
    Slow-smoked BBQ beef brisket.
  6. People would be surprised to know…
    I’m a Trekkie.
  7. If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…
    Proxima Centauri b.
  8. I like to binge-watch…
    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
    Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie, George Carlin, Hunter S. Thompson.
  10. Everyone should see Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci because….
    It will give you a better understanding of both The Insane Clown Posse and The Godfather trilogy.
  11. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
    Q: Can you drive me to the polling place?
    A:  Get in…

Find out more about Michael and our other Cav/Pag artists, and don’t miss the chance to see him perform Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in PagliacciPerformances are November 2 and 4 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18!




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