Praised by Opera Today for his “sizable lyric instrument” and “honeyed tone on all registers”, Arnold Livingston Geis is a recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In the 2021/22 season he makes his Lincoln Center debut creating the role of Mr. Marks in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel, which was rescheduled due to COVID-19. He also joins four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding as Agamemnon in her and Wayne Shorter’s new opera Iphigenia on tour with performances at the Kennedy Center, MassMOCA and ArtEmerson in Boston, and joins Opera Lafayette in Philidor’s The Blacksmith. His recent engagements include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Illinois Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Symphony and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with St. George’s Choral Society in New York City. Mr. Geis recently joined Washington National Opera for Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, Gastone in La Traviata, and Busdriver/New Preacher in Kamala Sankaram and Jerry Dy’s world premiere of Taking Up Serpents. He also sang Nikolaus Sprink in Silent Night with Glimmerglass Opera, Arnold Murray in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with Chicago Opera Theater, and Tamino in The Magic Flute with Pacific Opera Project.
On the concert stage, Mr. Geis has performed Gitzy Razaz in the world premiere of Flight of Faith with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Pasadena Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Salastina Music Society, and Britten’s Canticle III with Pacific Palisades Chamber Ensemble. He has also sung Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, Messiah, and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the L.A. Master Chorale. In addition to his work in the classical sphere, Mr. Geis is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity unions, and has recorded solo vocals for many television projects, including popular shows like Tom and Jerry and Family Guy, and has also sung for such blockbuster film soundtracks as The Jungle Book, Sing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: Rogue, Fifty Shades of Grey, Minions, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Disney’s new live-action film of The Lion King.
Mr. Geis is a graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, has been an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera, a Young Artists with Opera on the Avalon, and an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor. He received his Master of Music from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music from Biola University.
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