Jonathan Boyd born in Corning, New York continually performs to great acclaim throughout Europe, North America and South America. Jonathan earned great recognition at The Dallas Opera for his performance as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, which has since become one of his signature roles. The Dallas Morning News wrote, “Jonathan Boyd, with a powerful and fluent tenor, is a standout Don Ottavio.” D Magazine said: “Tenor Jonathan Boyd as Don Ottavio presented the most consistently impressive performance of opening night.” He also performed the role with Opera Cleveland, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, Portland Opera, Opera Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, and Teatro Colón in Argentina. This season, he will perform as Narraboth in Strauss’ Salome with his return to Pittsburgh Opera, and as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Additionally, Mr. Boyd will perform at the “Opera Outdoors” concert with Opera Omaha and the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with The New Choral Society.
Of his performances as Roméo, Opera News hailed “… physically and vocally suited for the role, acting with assurance and singing with an easy lyricism.” Boyd has performed Roméo countless times including productions with Michigan Opera Theater, Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Lyric Opera Baltimore and The Utah Symphony & Opera.
Noted international engagements in past seasons include Teatro Colón as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in a live HD broadcast; débuts at Opéra de Nice and Opéra de Toulon as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; live television broadcast as Werther with Teatro Colón; Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse in his début as Peter Quint/Prologue in Turn of the Screw; Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress; a Scottish National Opera début in the title role of Werther; his début with Opera di Firenze in the role of Le Prince in L’amour des trois oranges; at Opera Metz in France as Anatol in Vanessa; Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Malta National Theater and Festival Lyrique-en-mer de Belle Île as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; Opera Faber in Portugal, Théâtre de l’Athénée and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress; and Alfredo in La traviata with Akouna, Opéra en plein air in France.
Noted North American engagements from recent seasons include his début with Seattle Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, a role he also performed with Portland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Colorado and Opera Tampa; his Pittsburgh Opera début in the role of Heurtebise in Orphée; his Atlanta Opera début as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor ; Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress for Portland Opera; Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Arizona Opera; Alfredo in La traviata at both Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina; and sang the title roles in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera and Candide at the Portland Opera. His San Francisco Opera appearances have included productions of Falstaff, Turandot, The Merry Widow (released on DVD), and Mother of Us All.
Mr. Boyd’s extensive repertoire includes an array of roles from contemporary works including performances in Michigan Opera Theatre’s world première of Margaret Garner as George Hancock, New York City Opera’s productions of Mother of Us All and Central Park, as Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry for Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, in his San Diego Opera début in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick as Green horn, as the part of Sam in Susannah with Florentine Opera and L’opera de Montreal, and Sam in Street Scene with Portland Opera. Composer Lee Hoiby personally chose Mr. Boyd for the role of Romeo in his opera Romeo and Juliet, which he subsequently performed at the, Opera America convention in Vancouver, as well as with New York City Opera, Stamford Symphony in Connecticut, and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
Mr. Boyd appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Maestro Kurt Masur; the Philadelphia Orchestra in a recording of Pagliacci with Maestro Riccardo Muti; and at Carnegie Hall in Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, Mr. Boyd has performed the tenor solos in Britten’s War Requiem for Flint Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá; Haydn’s Creation with the Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Princeton Symphony, and the Rochester Symphony; in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal; in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with the Choral Arts Society in Washington D.C.; Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Britten’s Les Illuminations with I Musici de Montréal; and Händel’s Messiah with Virginia symphony and with Maestro Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque. Mr. Boyd also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie and, later, with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony; Elijah with Forth Worth Symphony; and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall
Mr. Boyd began his apprenticeship with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee and since has returned in numerous roles such as Camille in The Merry Widow and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.