Singer. Librettist. Producer. Podcaster. Operavangelist.
Prior to moving to New York, Michael Heitmann performed throughout the Pacific Northwest for opera companies like Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene, Puget Sound Concert Opera and Northwest Opera in the Schools, Etc…, and Operamuse. Roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Father (Hansel and Gretel), Reverend Olin Bitch (Susannah) and Colline (La boheme), Prince Pablo (Cinderella en España), Rambaldo Fernandez (La Rondine), Ben (The Telephone), Hortensius (The Daughter of the Regiment), Bello (La fanciulla del West) and Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann - The Doll Act). He’s also been a soloist for Opera On Tap - Seattle.
A regular concert and recital performer, he recently debuted his new recital Love in the Time of Tinder for The Exposition Concert Series. He has performed solo recitals entitled In Times of War and ‘Murica for Groupmuse. He’s also been a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Gounod’s Messe Solenelle, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, and J.S. Bach’s Johannes-Passion, as well as BWV 56, 145, and 158.
He co-founded Operamuse, which produces hour long adaptations of operas and secular cantatas in modern English. The mission of Operamuse is to engage new audiences to opera by breaking down stereotypical barriers and making it more mainstream through ingenious modernization. He also hosts the Not Your Granny’s Opera Podcast, whose sole purpose is to educate newcomers, advance exposure to opera throughout the world, and eradicate misconceptions of opera.