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Michael Torpey, Operatic Tenor and Classical Vocalist -- With Music Video

Graduated NYU 1963. Worked in NYC in public relations 2 years then as reporter/news editor 32 years at The Hour newspapers. Retired in 2000.

Purchase, N.Y., Symphony Orchestra

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Michael John Torpey

Michael Torpey has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Grand Opera and the Purchase, N.Y., Symphony Orchestra at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

Michael Torpey has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Grand Opera and the Purchase, N.Y., Symphony Orchestra at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

Michael Torpey, a trained operatic tenor and classical vocalist, has been singing professionally throughout the country for many years.

Born and raised in the shadow of New York City, Michael, a cousin of the writer, has performed with the Purchase, N.Y., symphony orchestra in principal roles as Eisenstein in "Die Fledermaus," Don Attavio in "Don Giovanni" and Tamino in "Die Zauberflote."

Under the batons of Maestro Kurt Masur and Vincent La Selvam, Michael has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Grand Opera at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. He studied under Jacques Trussel at the Suny Purchase Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Torpey has performed as a guest artist at the Bellagio and Paris hotels in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as on the Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess cruise lines.

Joe Franklin's Memory Lane

Michael is the tenor soloist at Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church . He made his debut performance with the Opera Company of the Highlands, and appeared as a solo vocalist on Joe Franklin's Memory Lane radio program from New York City.

In his extensive chamber, recital and concert work, Mr. Torpey has shared the stage with many extraordinary talents, including Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Hampson, Jacque Trussel, Bradley Brookshire, Anthony Newman and Mary-Jane Newman. In addition, he performed in the world premiere of Anthony Newman's National Hymn and Lee Hoiby's "For You O Democracy."

A versatile singer and actor, Mr. Torpey's credits in musical and dramatic theater include Laser Wolf in "Fiddler on the Roof," Val in "Babes in Arms," the Cowardly Lion in the "Wizard of Oz," the Tin Man in "The Wiz," Harold Hill in "The Music Man," Charlie Dalrymple in "Brigadoon," Jonathan in "Arsenic and Old Lace," Grampa Martin Vanderhof in "You Can't Take It With You," Audry II in "Little Shop of Horrors" and Fegin in "Oliver."

Mr. Torpey has appeared as Eisenstein in the Opera Company of the Highlands' production of "Die Fledermaus," The Mohonk Mountain Resort, and Broadway Concerts Direct production of "Simple Gifts" with Sarah Rice (The original Joanna) in the Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd."

Mt. Kisco Presbyterian Church

Most recently, Mr. Torpey appeared as Ravenal in the Opera Company of the Highlands' production of "Show Boat" and as their stage and technical director for "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in addition to his roles as lead tenor soloist and instructor at Mt. Kisco Presbyterian Church.

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Michael Torpey Sings 'My Way'

Comments

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on June 25, 2011:

I am, ethel smith. I am.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 25, 2011:

Great chops. What a voice. Bet you are one proud relative

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William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on March 08, 2009:

Thanks, Froggy. I just found your comment, sorry I'm late. I'm very proud of Michael. I only wish more people could hear him sing.

Greg Boudonck from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on March 05, 2009:

Your cousin is very,very good William!!!

I am very impressed!!

Thank you for pointing this hub out kind sir!!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on April 20, 2008:

I'm glad you like my cousin's voice, Patty. I'm a little prejudiced, but I listen to his video often -- mixed in with a few of Bing Crosby's videos.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 20, 2008:

Always wionderful to hear such a good voice! I will return again and again to hear it.

Patty

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on April 20, 2008:

Thanks, vrajavala. We think so, too.

vrajavala from Port St. Lucie on April 20, 2008:

Beautiful voice

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on January 02, 2008:

That's what I call objective, Johnny. When a guy's good, he's good -- even if he is your son or your cousin. By the way, does Michael have a new website?

toetoe1 from 40 Minutes North of Ground Zero in Westchester County, New York on January 01, 2008:

WOW Bill, this Michael Torpey guy has a real stong set of cords. Pay no mind to the fact that, he happens to be my son and you're my cousin. GOOD! is GOOD! 

Tony Sky from London UK on November 12, 2007:

No problem, William, you will soon be a Hubpage veteran in no time and I'm always happy to help out when and where ever i can;)

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 12, 2007:

I'm glad you liked it, compu-smart. Thanks to you I've been able to put pictures and videos on some of my hubs. The procedure is still murky to me, but at least I've had some success. I lost the first few seconds of the video somehow, but I'm a little reluctant to try to replace it with a new, complete version -- but it's not bad because Michael's picture appears when you open the hub. I didn't know the song was popular for funerals. Thanks, again, for all your help.

Tony Sky from London UK on November 12, 2007:

Your cousin!! cool, this is such a classic song and i love hearing the many different variations including Michaels, and im glad you have managed to sort out adding capsules to your hubs;)

This song is the most popular song choice for funerals here in the UK..

Bob on November 11, 2007:

Right on Bill.......He is GOOD !!! However I'm like you , I like Bing Crosby's music. (Now everyone reading my comments won't know what I'm talking about , I guess you'd say it's an insider between you and me...LOL)

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 11, 2007:

Thanks, Ralph. He's a talented guy, but since he's my cousin I'll just let his great voice "speak" for itself!

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on November 11, 2007:

Wow! Great tonsils.

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