Norman Reinhardt, tenor
Norman Reinhardt is one of the leading international tenors before the public today. Not only has he received praise for having “the most beautiful voice” (klassik.de) but he is widely recognized for his compelling stage presence and command as a singing actor. Most recently he has received rave reviews for his Salzburg Festival and Whitsun Festival debut as Tony in West Side Story opposite Cecelia Bartoli and under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. In the current season he returns to the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées for his role debut as Pollione in Norma, a production which will also travel to Baden-Baden where he makes his debut at the Festspielhaus. He will also be heard as Leicester in a new production of Elisabetta regina d’Inhilterra at Theater an der Wien and returns to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival for performances as Lurcanio in Ariodante, and as Rodrigo in La donna del lago.
In the current season, he makes his debut at both the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals as Tony in performances of West Side Story alongside Cecelia Bartoli and under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He adds the role of Nemorino to his repertoire in his house debut at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, followed by further performances in his house debut at Hamburgische Stattsoper. Additional performances include returns to Teatro Real de Madrid in his signature role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and to Houston Grand Opera as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in the famed Robert Carsen production. He began the season in Paris as Belmonte in Die Entführung as dem Serail at Théâtre de Champs-Elysées.
Notable performances include his Viennese debut as Arturo in La straniera at Theater an der Wien; Verdi’s Requiem at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon; productions of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and The Rake’s Progress for Staatsoper Berlin; Tamino at San Francisco Opera; Des Grieux in Manon and Fritz in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein opposite Anne Sophie von Otter at Theater Basel; and Tamino in David Pountney’s production at the Bregenz Festival released on DVD by Unitel Classica.
A graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Studio, he has enjoyed a continued relationship with the company, appearing in numerous productions including Fidelio, Béatrice et Bénédict, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Idomeneo, Don Pasquale, Così fan tutte and Otello. Since leaving the studio, he has worked with some of the world’s top conductors including Patrick Summers, James Conlon, Michael Hofstetter Harry Bickett, Stephen Lord, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Ulf Schirmer, Axel Kober and William Lacey. He has also worked with leading opera directors including Christof Loy, Peter Konwitschny, David Pountney, Jurgen Flimm, Laurent Pelly, James Robinson, Damiano Michieletto, Christoph Marthaler, John Cox, Neil Armfield, David Gately and Irinia Brook.
An ensemble member of Oper Leipzig from 2009-2012, his repertoire included Alfredo in La traviata, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Alfred in Die Fledermaus along with Tamino, Ferrando, Tom Rakewell and Lensky. He has also performed at Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Lille, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Garsington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Colorado and Central City Opera.