FEATURED IN: Opera Frontier @ Palace I & II, Violettas Shift, Tasting Notes
Michael Tayor (Composer, Music Director, Baritone) is a long-time favorite with Bay Area audiences, well known as a singer, stage director, composer and conductor. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Taylor has appeared as a soloist with many local companies including Opera San Jose, San Francisco Opera Center, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Schola Cantorum, Reno Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Taylor was a regional finalist in both the San Francisco Opera Merola Auditions and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and participated in the San Diego Opera Apprentice Program. A winner of the 1989 Bel Canto Foundation competition, Mr. Taylor spent six weeks in Siena, Italy, studying with coaches from La Scala.
Mr. Taylor’s conducting credits include Pirates of Penzance and Merry Widow with Lyric Theatre of San Jose as well as the Livermore Valley Opera productions of Carmen, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata and L’Elisir d’amore. He was the music director for Mission City Opera’s premier production, Die Fledermaus, and conducted the company’s 2004 and 2005 productions of Cosi Fan Tutte and La Traviata. Along with performing and conducting, Mr. Taylor is an active voice teacher in the Bay Area and is music director at the Trinity Episcopal Church of Menlo Park, and choir director at Temple Emmanuel.
In the summer of 2019, Michael’s composition The Bear Valley Suite premiered at the Bear Valley Music Festival under the baton of Michael Morgan – a hit!