Michael Burgess (singer)

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Michael Burgess
Burgess performing at a Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey game in 2009.
Background information
Born (1945-07-22) July 22, 1945 (age 69)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupations Actor, singer

Michael Burgess, (born July 22, 1945) is a popular Canadian actor and singer (tenor).

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Burgess is best known for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in the Toronto production of Les Misérables. His early musical training included education at Toronto's St. Michael's Choir School.[1] He appeared as one of the 17 Jean Valjeans at the end of the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert. His other major performances include "Man of la Mancha," "Blood Brothers," and starring roles throughout Canada and the United States.[2]

He is also known in Canada for his frequent vocal performances of national anthems; he was the first individual to sing "O Canada" at the baseball World Series, in Atlanta in 1992.[2]

In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario[3]

Personal life[edit]

Burgess studied at the University of Ottawa.[2] He married Susan Gilmour on October 8, 1994. Named to Order Of Ontario, January 2013 - [4]


  1. ^ Volume Communications. "A Gift of Music Gala in support of St. Michael's Choir School". Newswire. Volume Communications. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Michael Burgess". Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. 
  4. ^ http://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2013/01/25-appointees-named-to-ontarios-highest-honour.html

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