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 “Jospeh 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.” The 2017-18 season brings a series of debuts for Mr. Lattanzi. He begins the season with his Virginia Opera debut as Sonora in La fanciulla del West and returns to the company later in the season as Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following performances of Hawkins Fuller at the PROTOTYPE Festival for his New York City debut, he also debuts at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the same role in their production of Fellow Travelers. He finishes the season with his return to The Atlanta Opera as Anthony in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
From 2015 – 2017, Mr. Lattanzi was a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio. During his time with the company, he was heard in the title role of Don Giovanni, as Dandini in La Cenerentola, Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, and was featured in the company’s Sapphire Celebration with Frederica von Stade. Additional performances included Moralès and Dancaïre in Carmen, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and as the Gamekeeper in Rusalka. During this period, he also returned to Seattle Opera as Kuligin in Katya Kabanová and joined San Francisco Opera for their production of Don Giovanni.
Previoulsy, Mr. Lattanzi appeared with Jake Heggie in OPERA America’s Creators in Concert series, previewing Fellow Travelers at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, and in Carmina Burana with the Reno Philharmonic and at the Christ (Crystal) Cathedral. Mr. 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 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”. Mr. Lattanzi also 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 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. 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.