Artistic Director, Undergraduate Opera Studio; Voice
Baritone Michael Meraw performs regularly with companies across North America, in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and Handel, to Webern and Szymanowski. Not only has Meraw garnered critical acclaim in the standard repertoire, winning praise for his Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville and Orff's Carmina Burana, but he has also brought lesser-known works to new audiences through his incisive portrayals of such roles as King Roger by Szymanowski ("Meraw did well as Roger, with nervy urgency and gripping delivery of his increasingly anguished lines..." — Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star) and Sir John A. MacDonald in Somers's Louis Riel ("Dealing with a vocal part that veers from sprechgesang to dramatic declamation, baritone Michael Meraw showed great vocal cut and thrust, in addition to contributing a striking stage presence." — Richard Turp, Opera Canada). Meraw is also active as a performer and creator of new works, and has workshopped the title role in John Estacio and John Murrell's new opera Frobisher.
Meraw formerly taught at McGill University for eight years as a Professor of Voice, French and Italian Diction, and a graduate seminar entitled Vocal Styles and Conventions. In the first year of his professorship at McGill, he was awarded the "Teacher of the Year" award. Meraw was also on faculty at l'Universite de Montreal for four years, as a Invited Professeur in the voice faculty. Despite his youth, Meraw already has students winning international competitions, singing in apprentice programs in Canada and the United States, and singing with orchestras and opera companies in North America and Europe.
Bachelor of Early Music Performance, M. Mus. in Solo Vocal Performance, McGill University. Voice studies with Eva Bostrand, Alan Fast, William Neill, Dixie Ross-Neill, Mark Pedrotti, Lucille Villeneuve-Evans, Dr. Robert K. Evans. Fencing and Stage Combat with Jean-François Gagnon of the National Theatre School of Canada. Ballet and Modern Dance with Daniel Seller, Vincent Warren, and Sasha Belinski at Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. Former faculty of McGill University and l'Unversite de Montreal.