Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, tenor Michael Jankosky has performed with many San Francisco Bay Area companies. He recently made his solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Mendelssohn’s Symphony 2 “Lobgesang” under the baton of Sir Andras Schiff. This was followed by a performance as tenor soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus’ performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.
Other recent concert performances include Bach’s Cantatas 78 & 125 with the Cantata Collective and Pacific Boychoir Academy; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Amy Beach’s Canticle of the Sun, both JS Bach & CPE Bach Magnificat with the SF Choral Society; tenor soloist for Bach St. John’s Passion with the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, and the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil with the Pacific Boychoir Academy. He gave the premiere workshop performances of David Garner’s opera Mary Pleasant at Land’s End. Recent operatic credits include The Painter/Foreigner in West Edge Opera’s production Berg’s Lulu, Richard Smythe in Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, the tenor soloist in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato with American Bach Soloists, Benedict in Berlioz’ Beatrice & Benedict, Sam in Floyd’s Susannah with San Francisco Parlor Opera, Orönte in Handel’s Alcina with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with North Bay Opera, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Brighella in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Besides opera, he also enjoys performing concert music ranging from the Baroque to modern eras.
Mr. Jankosky has sung in master classes with Frederica von Stade, Christine Brewer, Gidon Saks, Warren Jones, Roger Vignoles, Martin Katz, and Jeffrey Thomas. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College and his Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
He is an avid cyclist and hiker.