Michael Maliakel is a New York-based singer-actor who enjoys a diverse career in musical theater, opera, and sacred music. A native of New Jersey, Michael received his earliest vocal training as a treble in the American Boychoir and did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of Music. Michael’s musical theater credits include Roger in A New Brain, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, and Curtis Ricks in the world premier of Will the Circle Be Unbroken?. On the operatic stage, Michael recently sang the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Michael’s recent oratorio performances have included the baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Fauré’s Requiem.
The 2014 First Prize winner in the NATS National Musical Theater Competition, Michael recently won the Gold Medal at the 2016 American Traditions Competition. He was also awarded Third Prize at the International Lotte Lenya Competition, an Encouragement Grant from the Liederkranz/Gerda Lissner Lieder-Song Competition, and was a finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Alfred M. Greenfield Competition.
Michael's 2016-2017 season includes a debut as soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic, the baritone solo in Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem with the St. George’s Choral Society, and Britten's Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Michael will appear this spring at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in the world premiere production of a new musical, Monsoon Wedding.
In addition to his solo pursuits, Michael enjoys teaching voice privately and performing regularly with some of New York City’s top vocal ensembles, including Trident Ensemble, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Musica Viva of NY. He serves as the principal cantor for the parishes of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena in Manhattan, where he sings in the professional Schola Cantorum.