Michael Strelo-Smith burst onto the national scene with his appearances on the hit NBC/Universal program America’s Got Talent. He first appeared on season two and was honored to be selected as a Quarter-Finalist. He returned for season three, where he was selected as one of the top performing acts in the United States as a Semi-Finalist. His performances were seen on some of the highest-rated episodes of the series' history, over 12 million viewers each night.
He has since garnered praise from audiences around the world since the show began airing internationally. With numerous musical theatre performances to his credit, some of his favorite roles include: Jack (Into the Woods); Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors); Charlie Brown (Snoopy!!!); Dickon (Secret Garden); Billy (Carousel in Concert); and was a featured soloist in productions of Closer Than Ever, The World Goes ‘Round, and A Grand Night For Singing. While at home on the operatic stage Mr. Strelo-Smith has been seen as Pooh Bah (The Mikado); Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe); Falke in (Die Fledermaus); and Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos).
He garnered high critical praise for his interpretation of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with West Bay Opera and Bay Shore Lyric Opera and most recently with Livermore Valley Opera. As a national finalist in the 2003 Classical Productions Voice Competition, Mr. Strelo-Smith was heard in Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall. In 2000 Mr. Strelo-Smith received a study grant from the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation and was invited to appear in the annual winners concert in New York's Alice Tully Hall. He is also a past 1st place winner of the Berkeley Piano Club Voice Competition and a semi-finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts.
As Vocal/Musical Director he oversaw productions of Little Shop of Horrors; Nunsense; Annie; The Sound of Music; Das Barbecu; Camelot; 42nd Street; Do I Hear A Waltz?; and Gifts of the Magi. He also continues to work, successfully, with children’s theatre programs providing master classes, private voice lessons, and repertoire coaching for middle and high school aged performers. He is currently based in Las Vegas, NV where he maintains a private voice and repertoire coaching studio.