Roger Honeywell Biography

Tenor

Roger HoneywellCanadian tenor Roger Honeywell has been acclaimed by Anthony Tommasini as a performer who brings “burnished sound and crisp diction to sweeping vocal lines, full of leaps and dips.” In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Honeywell will perform the role of Ahab in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick at both Utah Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. He will also sing Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera, and reprise the role of Veasey in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain with North Carolina Opera. Concert highlights include the Glagolitic Mass with Madison Symphony.

In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Honeywell returned to Boston Lyric Opera for Don José in Carmen, Calgary Opera as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Capt. Vere in Billy Budd with Des Moines Metro Opera. Internationally, he will join Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Thomas Adès new piece, The Exterminating Angel. In the 2015-2016 season, Roger Honeywell made his company debut with the Théâtre du Châtelet as Torasso in Sondheim’s Passion, Boston Lyric Opera as Danilo in The Merry Widow, as joined the roster of LA Opera for Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick. Highlights of Mr. Honeywell’s 2014-2015 season included his return to Santa Fe Opera for the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, in the role of Veasey, directed by Leonard Foglia. He also returned to Calgary Opera as Nikolaus Sprink for the Canadian premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera, and Danilo in The Merry Widow at Michigan Opera Theatre.

Mr. Honeywell’s recent seasons have featured performances with Des Moines Metro Opera as Peter Grimes, which Opera News lauded as “a career-defining interpretation,” delivering “a prodigious vocal performance impressive for its remarkable skill in dynamic shading, as well as its dramatic power”; Lyric Opera of Chicago as Aegist in Sir David McVicar’s production of Elektra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; Portland Opera to sing Cavaradossi in Tosca and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Vancouver Opera to sing Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; Canadian Opera Company as Bob Boles in Peter Grimes; Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro as Captain Vere in Marcelo Lombardero’s production of Billy Budd, originally staged in Santiago, Chile; Pacific Opera Victoria as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos; Fort Worth Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca; and the Bard Music Festival as Midas in Die Liebe der Dannae.

Career highlights include the role of James Nolan in Doctor Atomic with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which he then reprised with the Metropolitan Opera for his debut there in 2008; Danilo in The Merry Widow with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; with Santa Fe Opera in Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life Is a Dream; his role debut of Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Florida Grand Opera; Troilus in Troilus and Cressida with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Narraboth in Salome with the Opéra de Montréal; the American premiere of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul with Santa Fe Opera; the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at the Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera; Macduff in Macbeth with the Opéra de Montréal; his debut with the Fort Worth Opera as Don Jose in Carmen; and a world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter with the Santa Fe Opera. He has also made role debuts of Erik in the Flying Dutchman for Utah Opera and Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Calgary to great critical acclaim, as well as Rodolfo in La Boheme for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West for the Glimmerglass Opera.

Other notable performances include the role of Laca in a new production of Jenufa by Jonathan Miller for the Glimmerglass Opera, a new production of Daphne in the role of Leukippos at the New York City Opera, Pinkerton in a new production of Madama Butterfly by Jun Kaneko for Opera Omaha, and the world premiere of Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. After a career as an actor in Canada working at many of the country’s foremost companies, including five seasons with the Shaw Festival and five seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, Mr. Honeywell joined the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist program, where he was heard in the title role of Giulio Cesare by Antonio Sartario and Narraboth in Salome.

In addition to his opera engagements, Mr. Honeywell has performed concert work with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and has received numerous awards, among which are a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his role of Arnaud de Tilh in The House of Martin Guerre, a Maureen Forrester Award, and a Tyrone Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival.