Acclaimed for his “vocal heft” and “brilliance of sound”, this season tenor Adrian Kramer returns to Opera Omaha on the concert stage as part of their Opera Outdoors series, and makes his debut with Montreal’s Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes as Don José in concert performances of Bizet’s Carmen. Last season, Mr. Kramer made his house and role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opera San José, his house and role debut as Hoffegut in a new production of Braunfel’s Die Vögel with Pacific Opera Victoria, and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Der fliegende Holländer. Additionally at the Hogfish Summer Festival he returned to the role of Don José in a new adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, CarmXn,
Mr. Kramer made his European debut with the Komische Oper Berlin as Toby Higgins in a new Barrie Kosky production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, and in the titular role, as well as Iaryzhkin, and a Eunuch, in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production of Die Nase. Other recent credits include: Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with San Diego Opera; Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Philadelphia; Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore with Edmonton Opera; Gérard in a new production of Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles with Opera Omaha; his off-Broadway debut in collaboration with Ensemble for the Romantic Century as the Tenor in Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart; Don José in La tragedie de Carmen at San Diego Opera; Bill in Dove’s Flight and Joe in of La fanciulla del West with Opera Omaha; and Borsa in Rigoletto, the Second Nazarene in Salome, Owen’s Son in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and the Second Bodyguard in the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen all with Santa Fe Opera.
A seasoned performer on the concert stage, Mr. Kramer’s oratorio and symphonic repertoire includes Elijah (Kingston Symphony Orchestra), Vaughan Williams’ Hodie (Talisker Players), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Cape Symphony, Canzona Chamber Players Orchestra), and Messiah (Sault Symphony Orchestra). He has also performed as a soloist in opera concert programs with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
He was awarded the Campbell Wachter Memorial Award for Singers from Santa Fe Opera, the Grand Prize at the Louis Quilico Competition, and was the winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition. Adrian is supported by the Olga Forrai Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. Adrian was a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and has fulfilled residencies with Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, and Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program. Adrian is an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, where he earned his M.Mus M.Mus in Opera and his B.Mus in Voice, respectively.
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