Michael Peer is a trained Pop-Opera Singer with a five-octave range, from bass-baritone to countertenor. By combining electronic elements with classical music, Michael aims to bridge the gap between younger and older crowds and introduce more people to the world of opera.
Michael’s grandfather Mr. Arkadi Namatiev, dramatic Bass-Baritone, renowned opera singer, discovered his talent when Michael was only six years old and predicted for him a great future.
His musical education started at Hunter College, where he studied voice with Prof. Susan Gonzalez. He received his Bachelor of Music degree and his Masters from Aaron Copland Music School, Queens College, where he studied voice with Prof. Mark Oswald. Currently, Michael studies with Patricia McCaffrey.
Michael has performed with Opera Colorado, Queens College Opera, Long Island Opera, and other opera houses throughout the United States. Michael performed the following operatic roles: Alidoro, Don Magnifico (La Cenertola) Papagenno (Magic flute) Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Bartolo, Antonio, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Guccio (Gianni Schicchi). Michael’s singing career includes musical theater as well, and one of his outstanding roles was Raoul in “Phantom of The Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition, he has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City.
In the summer of 2010 Michael performed at the Israeli Opera. Michael sang his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in November 2010 with string quartet Attacca from the Juilliard school. In January 2011, Michael started his tour in Europe.
In addition to performing, Michael taught Voice and Theory at Queens Borough Community College in Bayside, New York. He also taught a voice education class “The Joy of Singing” as well as provided master classes around the world. Currently, Michael resides in Florida and teaches music in public schools and private voice lessons in his studio.
From 2011 to 2015, Michael was Music Director for the Arkadi Foundation, a non-profit organization named after his grandfather. Michael and his sister, Ronit, hosted the classical talent competition “Opera Idol” through the Arkadi Foundation, donating the proceeds to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.
Currently Michael is working on his album in a crossover style, composing his own songs. In 2017, Michael released the digital EP “Fortuna” to Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and other major music streaming platforms, worldwide. This EP demonstrated Michael’s versatility, from EDM to classical music genres.
His latest track, “Fallin’ Love” was composed by Noam Alusim and became a major success in Brazil, Germany, and The Netherlands.