Jonathan Boyd, Tenor

Jonathan Boyd, born in Corning, New York continually performs to great acclaim throughout Europe, North America and South America. Of his performance as Roméo, Opera News hailed “Boyd is a versatile lyric singer with a great future. His high notes rang without being strident…”  This season, he will reprise the role of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette in an epic co-production of over 20 performances appearing with Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. He will also perform a Gala Concert for Opera Colorado, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Notable recent engagements include his début as Peter Quint/Prologue in Turn of the Screw at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse; Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry for Florentine Opera of Milwaukee; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Colorado; Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress for both Portland Opera and Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile; a Scottish National Opera début as the title role in Werther;  his début with Opera di Firenze in the role of Le Prince in L’amour des trois oranges; performed the role of Heurtebise in Orphée in his Pittsburgh Opera début; made his San Diego Opera début in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick as Ishmael; performed Anatol in Vanessa with Opera Metz in France; made his Atlanta Opera début as Edgardo in Lucia Di Lammermoor; sang the title role in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera; sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Tampa; the title role of Candide at the Portland Opera; and Sam in Susannah with Florentine Opera.

In concert, Mr. Boyd performed Britten’s War Requiem with Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Elijah with Forth Worth Symphony; and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall.

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 has also performed the role with Opera Cleveland, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, and Portland Opera.

Noted international engagements in past seasons also include débuts at Opéra de Nice and Opéra de Toulon as Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream; Teatro Colón in a live television broadcast as Werther; Opera Royal de Wallonie in Belgium as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni; 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 and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Arizona Opera; Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Michigan Opera Theater, Nashville Opera and The Utah Symphony & Opera; and Alfredo in La traviata at both Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina.

Mr. Boyd has an extensive repertoire in 20th century operas including performances in Michigan Opera Theatre’s world premiere of Margaret Garner as George Hancock, New York City Opera’s productions of Mother of Us All and Central Park, 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 sang in performances 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 has 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 with Maestro Nicholas McGegan with the Philharmonia Baroque. Additionally, Mr. Boyd has performed the tenor solo in Britten’s War Requiem for Flint Symphony Orchestra; a Gala Concert for Opera Omaha Haydn’s Creation with the Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Princeton Symphony, and the Rochester Symphony; tenor solo in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal; tenor solo in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with the Choral Arts Society in Washington D.C.; Tenor soloist in Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Britten’s Les Illuminations with I Musici de Montréal; and with the Virginia Symphony in the live television broadcast of Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri in the role of Mozart, followed by performances of Händel’s Messiah.

Jonathan began his apprenticeship with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee and since has returned in numerous roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Camille in The Merry Widow.  His San Francisco Opera appearances have included productions of Falstaff, Turandot, The Merry Widow (released on DVD), and Mother of Us All.