Jay Hunter Morris

Jay Hunter Morris

Jay Hunter Morris, tenor

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Beth Lytwynec

Grammy Award Winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris begins his 2018-19 season in October reprising the role of Erik in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer for his return to the Dallas Opera under Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. He reprises the role of Father Grenville in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, a role he originated in 2000 at the San Francisco Opera, with the Atlanta Opera in February. On the concert stage, Mr. Morris appears with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Choir in Rome for John Adams’ The Gospel according to the other Mary in November, alongside Kelley O’Connor, Elisabeth DeShong, and Daniel Bubeck.

Mr. Morris came into the National spotlight when he created the role of Tony in Terrence McNally’s celebrated play Master Class on Broadway in 1995. He debuted the role of Siegfried with the San Francisco Opera in 2011, and perhaps most famously, performed the role for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production by Robert LePage in 2011-13. The production was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide, and in 2013 won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Additional performances of Siegfried include in Budapest at the Wagner Days Festival, and in 2016 with Houston Grand Opera.

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A seasoned performer on operatic and concert stages across the United States, Mr. Morris has been seen at the San Francisco Opera as Harold Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire, Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking, Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Duke of Parma in Doktor Faust, Captain James Nolan in Doctor Atomic, the title role of Siegfried, and Captain Ahab in Moby Dick; Los Angeles Opera as Unferth in Grendel, Marky in The Fly, Erik in The Flying Dutchman, and Captain Ahab in Moby Dick; Houston Grand Opera as the title role in Siegfried and The Narrator in Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol; Washington National Opera as Erik in The Flying Dutchman; Opera Philadelphia, North Carolina Opera, and Santa Fe Opera as Teague in Cold Mountain; and the Metropolitan Opera as Aegisth in Elektra and Sigfried in Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle.

Other recent successes include his first Tristan in Valencia, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and Schoenburg’s Guerre-Lieder at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Kent Nagano. In 2017 he sang Adams’ The Gospel according to the other Mary with the San Francisco Symphony and with the St. Louis Symphony in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Additional career highlights include performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Seattle, Santiago, San Diego, Calgary, Toronto, Hawaii, Atlanta, Paris, Monte Carlo, Budapest, Tokyo, Nice, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Beijing. Mr Morris has most recently been seen on PBS in the role of Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, from the San Francisco Opera.

A contemporary opera veteran of great renown, Mr Morris has been heard in world premiere productions including Doctor Atomic (Adams), The Fly (Shore), Grendel (Goldenthal), Dead Man Walking (Heggie), A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn), A Christmas Carol (Bell), and he created the role of Teague in a new opera: Cold Mountain (Higdon), which premiered in Santa Fe in 2015.  This year he made his Carnegie Hall debut in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary.  In 2013 his book, Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger was published by Opera Lively.

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Dimitri Pittas

Dimitri Pittas

Dimitri Pittas, tenor

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Dimitri Pittas has performed on leading opera stages throughout North America and Europe, including the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and the Canadian Opera Company. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and has been heard on the Met stage as Rodolfo in La bohème, Macduff in Macbeth, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. For his debut with Canadian Opera Company as the Duke in Rigoletto, the Toronto Star said, “Dimitri Pittas comes off the best as the Duke of Mantua, with a flexible voice that can express real love and shallow desire with equal conviction.”

The 2018-19 season includes his first performances in the title role of Massenet’s Werther with Florida Grand Opera and a return to the Charleston Symphony, while future engagements include role and house debuts with Welsh National Opera and English National Opera, respectively. Mr. Pittas began the 2017-18 season with performances of Verdi’s La traviata in the role of Alfredo at Houston Grand Opera and debuted at Pittsburgh Opera, performing Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. He also performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Oregon Symphony under the baton of Carlos Kalmar and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Donald Runnicles and sang Cavaradossi in a concert performance of Puccini’s Tosca with the Charleston Symphony.

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The 2016-17 season included the role of Cassio in a new Opening Night production of Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Bartlett Sher. He also performed the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus at the Met, and in Japan at the Saito Kinen Festival. On the concert stage, he could be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in Verdi’s Requiem with the orchestra of Sao Paulo in Brazil and was also presented in recital by the George London Foundation.

The 2015-16 season included performances of Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera de Paris, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Dallas Opera, and Palm Beach Opera. He performed the title role of Don Carlo in a new production for Opera Philadelphia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Michele in the world premiere of La Ciocara (Two Women) by Marco Tutino, with San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Pittas made two pivotal debuts in the 2013-2014 season, the first of which was with the Bolshoi Opera of Moscow, in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlo, and secondly with the Hamburg State Opera as Oronte in Verdi’s rarity, I Lombardi. He also appeared as Rodolfo in La bohème and Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera with the Canadian Opera Company, and as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Pittas’ orchestral engagements of the 2013-2014 season included Verdi’s Requiem with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Kansas City Symphony, and Mozart’s Requiemwith the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Additional highlights of recent seasons include Rodolfo in La bohème with Oper Frankfurt, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oper Leipzig, and Santa Fe Opera; Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Bavarian State Opera and Welsh National Opera; the title role of Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse; the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opéra de Lille; Macduff in Macbeth at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera; and Alfredo in La traviata for Opéra de Montreal and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Pittas has performed Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bavarian State Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Houston Grand Opera, and the title role of Faust in Bordeaux. On the Santa Fe stage has performed Achille in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène and Narraboth in Salome. Concert highlights comprise Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Carnegie Hall at the annual recital of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

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Norman Reinhardt

Norman Reinhardt

Norman Reinhardt, tenor

Norman Reinhardt
Norman Reinhardt

One of the leading tenors of the younger generation, Norman Reinhardt continues to enjoy a growing reputation on both sides of the Alantic in the lyric and bel canto repertoire. Current season highlights include Adolar in Christof Loy’s new production of Euryanthe for Theater an der Wien, Lurcanio (Ariodante) for Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and Flamand (Capriccio) for Teatro Real. He makes his role debut as Števa in Katie Mitchell’s new production of Jenůfa for Dutch National Opera.

Since graduating from the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Norman Reinhardt’s ongoing relationship with the company has included Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Jacquino (Fidelio) Cassio (Otello), and Tony (West Side Story). As a member of the ensemble at Oper Leipzig he extended his repertoire to include Alfredo, (La traviata), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), all of which he performed under Ulf Schirmer. In particular, Tamino has brought considerable critical acclaim leading to a debut at the Bregenz Festival in David Pountney’s production under Patrick Summers (released on DVD by Unitel). Tamino has since become one of Norman Reinhardt’s signature roles with further appearances at San Francisco Opera and at Teatro Real Madrid in Barrie Kosky’s production under Ivor Bolton.

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Norman Reinhardt made his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and at the Salzburg Festival as Tony (West Side Story) alongside Cecilia Bartoli and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. He sang his first Pollione (Norma) alongside Bartoli at both Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and he returned to Salzburg Whitsun Festival as both Rodrigo in La donna del lago, and as Lurcanio in Christoph Loy’s production of Ariodante. Elsewhere in Europe, appearances have included rare revivals of Bellini’s La straniera, Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra both for Theater an der Wien, and he made his role debut last season as Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Semperoper Dresden.

Norman Reinhardt works with some of the world’s leading conductors and stage directors including James Conlon, Jesús López Cobos, Laurent Pelly, Christoph Marthaler and Jürgen Flimm to name but a few.

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Taylor Stayton

Taylor Stayton

Taylor Stayton, tenor

Taylor Stayton
Taylor Stayton

Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire. Stayton begins the 2018-2019 season with his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in August singing the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a role he reprises later in the season for his return to the Norwegian National Opera in OlsoHe makes two role debuts this season: first as the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, followed by his debut as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opera Omaha. On the concert stage Stayton makes his debut with the Memphis Symphony in December for performances of Messiah. Stayton recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera debuting the role of Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, followed by his debut at both Semperoper Dresden and Washington National Opera reprising his acclaimed interpretation of Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Additional recent debuts include his house debuts with the Liceu Opera Barcelona in the role of Belfiore in Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims and Opera Omaha as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, as well as his role debut as Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

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Described as “deserving to be numbered on the short list of Rossini all-stars” by Opera Today, Stayton premiered the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra de Lille in 2012 and has reprised the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nashville Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, as well as on a tour throughout France with theaters including Opéra de Limoges, Théâtre de Caen, and Opéra de Dijon. Additional roles in the bel canto repertoire include his debut as the title character in Le comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, Tonio in La fille du regiment in his debut with Palm Beach Opera, and his house and role debuts singing Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Stayton made his critically acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a last-minute performance as Percy in Anna Bolena, and returned as Elvino in La Sonnambula opposite Diana Damrau.

Recent debuts include with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Marzio in Mitridate, re di Ponto; Kentucky Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Des Moines Metro Opera; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Philadelphia; Don Alvar in L’Africaine with Opera Orchestra of New York; and Teatro dell-Opera di Roma as Fenton in the new Franco Zeffirelli production of Falstaff with Renato Bruson and Carlos Alvarez.

A native of Sidney, Ohio, Stayton is a 2011 graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts as a student of the renowned voice teacher Bill Schuman. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Ohio State University, and is an alumnus of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s “Prelude to Performance” program. He has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, First prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition, and third place in the Loren B. Zachary Voice Competition.

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Yongzhao Yu

Yongzhao Yu

Yongzhao Yu, tenor

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Yongzhao Yu, who won the Audience Choice Award and the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award in HGO’s 2015 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, is currently in his third season in the HGO Studio. In the 2016-2017 season he made his HGO stage debut as a Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He has performed Flavio in Norma with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Naulz in Visitors on the Icy Mountain with the Shanghai Grand Theater, and Alfredo in La traviata in the concert hall of the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He has performed in concert in the Grand Theatre of the Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and in an Eternal Verdi concert in Shanghai in honor of the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth. Further awards include first prize in Opera Concorso. In summer 2016, he made his role debut as Rodolfo in La bohème with Wolf Trap Opera. This past summer he sang Alfredo in La traviata with Sacramento Philharmonic, the Aspen Opera Center, and in mainstage performances at Houston Grand Opera. He will also be heard at HGO as Flavio in Norma, as well as in recital at Houston’s Rienzi Museum. In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Yu returns to HGO as Rodolfo and will join the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for the first time to cover Alfredo in the new production by Michael Mayer. Future engagements include debuts with Seattle Opera and Arizona Opera.

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'Benedetto sia'l giorno'

by Franz Liszt | Tre sonetti de Petrarca

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by Franz Liszt | Tre sonetti di Petrarca

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