Bass-Baritone | Collaborative Artist
Bard Conservatory MM '23
UC Santa Cruz BM '20
Michael Alexander Aoun (they/he) is a Lebanese-American bass-baritone whose passion for interdisciplinary and collaborative art inspires his professional work and his continual self-development. An all-or-nothing person, Michael views music as a means of exploring one’s whole self and creating something entirely unique. He feels strongly about his art reflecting his personal values of authenticity and human connection.
With such a passion for collaboration, Michael is deeply dedicated to advocacy and social justice. His gender expression/identity and neurodivergence (ADHD) have taught him to listen to those who are different and to stay engaged as an activist. Through his art, he seeks to elevate and facilitate difficult conversations around xenophobia and systemic oppression.
Michael has most recently performed across New York State and abroad in Lebanon. In March, he performed the role of Strephon in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program at The Fisher Center in the Hudson Valley. In January, he traveled to his father's homeland of Lebanon where he performed a voice and piano recital titled An Hour of Song with his Lebanese-American, pianist collaborator Elias Dagher at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon and at Nabu Museum in El Heri, Lebanon. Michael sang as bass soloist with the Albany Symphony in December of 2022 for their holiday performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part VI. That month, he also co-curated an experimental recital of music by American composers titled alone.is.together.is. Michael made his New York City debut in May 2022, performing in the concert series Continuing Evolution: Yiddish Folksong Today at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
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