"Maliakel has a baritone so tender that your eyes well."
- San Francisco Chronicle
Indian-American actor and singer MICHAEL MALIAKEL enjoys a diverse career spanning theater, classical music, and television. He is currently touring North America in the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera as the understudy for Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. Michael made his Off-Broadway debut in Anything Can Happen: The Songs of Maury Yeston at the Triad Theatre, produced by the Tony Award-winning composer himself. Other recent performances include Georg in She Loves Me (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Bernstein’s MASS with the Chicago Symphony (Ravinia Festival), Britten’s Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and the record-breaking world premiere of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Michael recently made his network TV debut on FBI, a new CBS crime drama from acclaimed Law & Order producer Dick Wolf.
Michael has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles across the country including the Savannah Philharmonic, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Sebastians, the Aeolus String Quartet, the Greenwich Choral Society, and the Long Island Choral Society. He has received top awards from several prestigious organizations including First Prize in the American Traditions Competition, First Prize in the NATS National Music Theater Competition, Third Prize in the Lotte Lenya Competition, and a grant from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. An avid ensemble singer, Michael performs regularly with New York City’s top vocal ensembles including the Choir of Trinity Church - Wall Street, the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Viva of NY, Voices of Ascension, and Musica Sacra.
A native of New Jersey, Michael received his earliest musical training at the American Boychoir School and did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of Music. Michael lives in Manhattan with his wife and their beloved, spunky betta fish, Buzz.
Michael is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and is represented by Harden Curtis Kirsten Riley Agency.
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