Michael Zegarski is an accomplished actor in theatre, opera, TV, and film. He was featured in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Blood on the Dining Room Floor by Jonathan Sheffer, and his regional musical theatre credits include, Hello Dolly, South Pacific, Babes in Arms, Rags, Beggar’s Opera, Anything Goes, H.M.S. Pinafore. He has premiered several works, most notably his role as Oswaldo Staub in the U.S. premiere of Marie Galante by Kurt Weill; General Kitab in the world premiere of Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Charles Wuorinen and Bill in the New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, both at New York City Opera; and Wyllis Elliot in the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Eric Hermannson’s Soul at Opera Omaha.
Michael has sung in many concert productions including selections from Over and Over (later Skin of Our Teeth, the Musical), based on Thornton Wilder’s play, The Skin of our Teeth, composed by the legendary Kander and Ebb. He workshopped the principal baritone role Bill in Stephen Schwartz’s first opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon, and he garnered rave reviews for his one man show Mood Swing at the Edinburgh Festival produced by the Pleasance Theatre. His film and TV credits include, among others, The Many Saints of Newark (dir. Alan Taylor), This is the Night (dir. James DeMonaco), Wonder Wheel (dir. Woody Allen), and The Eagle and the Albatross (dir. Angela Shelton).
As a solo artist he has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, Chautauqua Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured at some of New York City’s most prominent musical and theatrical venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Joe’s Pub, The Triad, Don’t Tell Mama, Duplex, York Theatre, Norwood Club, and the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel. He has performed with New York City Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Omaha, Minnesota Opera, Opera North, Nine Circles Chamber Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, and New York Festival of Song.
Michael is a native of Chicago. He earned a B.M. in Musical Theatre from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.