Noted for his "flexible and expressive voice" tenor Michael Merullo is a Boston based performer rooted in the local opera, musical theatre and choral communities. This season Michael will return to the Odyssey Opera stage to perform a concert version of Charles Gounod’s La reine de Saba (The Queen of Sheba.) He’ll perform the tenor recitative in BWV 140, Bach’s cantata titled “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.” Michael will also serve as the Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline. The holiday tradition continues for a fourth year singing alongside them and the Boston Pops in their Holiday Tour!
Previous engagements include his annual involvement with the Boston Youth Symphony in their winter opera, performing in the world premiere of the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas and his solo work with the Sippican Choral Society. Additionally, he performed three programs as co-founder of "Bella and the Fellas." This touring company takes semi-staged, semi-costumed operetta or musical theatre scenes and duets to local retirement communities around New England.
Michael enjoys working with many local companies including Boston Lyric Opera, Concord Players and the Cantata Singers among others. Recent role highlights include Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, A Little Night Music; Arbace, Idomendo and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro. Michael was awarded second place at the 2014 Piccola Opera Vocal Competition. He also received the Chancellor’s Talent Award at his alma mater all four years of his studies.
Alongside his freelance performance, Michael enjoys sharing his skills as a voice teacher. Michael is nourished by his pursuits of outreach and education. He served twice as a guest judge for the NATS National Student Auditions: Boston Chapter vocal competition. He substitute teaches private lessons and school curriculum.