I forgot to post this here a few weeks ago, when I published this profile to HuffPo:
Michael Mayes has been making a big name for himself in the past few years, giving passionate and memorable performances in such works as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied. I myself wrote of his performance, "The word powerful can not be overused in discussing Mr. Mayes as Joseph De Rocher." I was fortunate to meet him just after opening night of Great Scott, another Jake Heggie opera in which he had a featured role. We talked at great length about a great many subjects, and what follows is a portion of what we covered.