A 2017 Sullivan Foundation Award recipient, baritone Joseph Lattanzi established himself as a young singer to watch with his portrayal of Hawkins Fuller in the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera. The New York Times said “Joseph Lattanzi was splendid as Hawk, his buttery baritone luxuriant and robust.” and Opera News described him as a “confident, handsome presence, and a resonant baritone suggesting wells of feeling that the character might prefer to leave untapped.” In the current season, Mr. Lattanzi returns to the Arizona Opera Studio where he will be heard in their Sapphire Celebration with Frederica von Stade, as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and as the Gamekeeper in Rusalka. He also returns to Seattle Opera as Kuligin in Katya Kabanová.
Previoulsy, Mr. Lattanzi appeared with Jake Heggie in Opera America’s Creators in Concert series, previewing Fellow Travelers at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, and soloing in Carmina Burana with the Reno Philharmonic and at the Christ (Crystal) Cathedral. During the 2015-2016 season he joined Arizona Opera for performances as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, Moralès and Dancaïre in Carmen, and the title role in Don Giovanni. Lattanzi’s 2014-2015 season began with a return home to debut with The Atlanta Opera as Yamadori and included workshopping Jake Heggie’s new opera Great Scott, revisiting Fellow Travelers at the Opera America National Opera Center, Carmina Burana with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and performing Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The 2013-2014 season included his return to Seattle Opera in The Consul, a debut season with Cincinnati Opera in three roles, and an exciting international debut in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”. Recently, Lattanzi garnered acclaim for his performances of Il Conte in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro led by Xian Zhang at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.
Equally at home in standard and new repertoire, Lattanzi has created roles in workshops of operas by Gregory Spears (Fellow Travelers), Jake Heggie (Great Scott), Daniel Catán (Meet John Doe), and Clint Borzoni (The Copper Queen). In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Lattanzi was recognized by Opera News Magazine for his “fresh, bright baritone voice” as Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen with Seattle Opera. As a member of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, he also performed the roles of Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Albert in Massenet’s Werther. Other stage credits include the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Man With a Shoe Sample Kit (Postcard from Morocco). The Mableton, GA native has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In addition to two summers at the Merola Opera Program, he has participated in programs at the Brevard Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute Voice Program.