Technically, the vocalist is still a student, but Michael Preasely already has impressive work experience. The University of Kentucky graduate student performed last summer with the Cincinnati Opera. Last month, Preasely sang with the Cincinnati Pops and this month, when “Phantom of the Opera” finally premiered in Lexington, the baritone was “the Phantom.” Now, Preasely’s preparing for the biggest challenge in his career, graduation this December. WEKU’s Charles Compton sat-in recently with Preacely during a coaching session on UK’s Lexington campus.
Michael Preacely sings this weekend with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony in Fairfield, Ohio; on November 10th he performs “Tosca” with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and next May, he does “Porgy and Bess” with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.