Mr. Hayes made his debut with OperaCréole as Mazaquil in Treemonisha, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Hayes is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Master's degree in Voice Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University and Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of New Orleans.
Roles that Mr. Hayes has performed include Marcello in La Bohème, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Count Monterone and the title role in Rigoletto, the title role Gianni Schicchi, Tonio in I Pagliacci, The Wolf in Seymour Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. On the concert stage he has been a soloist in the premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's An American Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, and Charpentier's Christmas Oratorio.
His teachers include Dr. Maryann Kyle, Dr. David Bernard and Dr. Valerie Francis. He has worked with vocal coaches Janna Ernst, Wayne Wyman, Dr. Jeffrey Peterson and Jerome Shannon.