Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh is a versatile singer on the rise, whom Opera News recently claimed was “so clearly headed for success.” This season, he joins the Glyndebourne Opera Tour for performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for the title role in Dido and Aeneas, and returns to Theater an der Wien for Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also returns to Palm Beach Opera as Maximilian in Candide, will sing Riff in West Side Story with the Grand Teton Music Festival under Donald Runnicles, and sings recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna. Additionally, he will make his Carnegie Hall debut singing The Prisoner in Ethyl Smyth’s rarely performed The Prison with the Cecilia Chorus of New York. Last season, he joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in his acclaimed performances as Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, made his role debut as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with the Orlando Philharmonic, joined the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz with a quartet of roles in King Arthur, and returned to Palm Beach Opera as Samuel in Pirates of Penzance. He also joined Charlottesville Opera for Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, reprised Leo Stein and Man Ray in Gordon’s 27 with MasterVoices at City Center, joined the Teatro Sergio Cardoso in Brazil for a gala concert, and the Brooklyn Art Song Society for an all-German recital.
Recent performances include Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and Littore and Tribuno in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Theater an der Wien, Escamillo in Carmen and the Father in Hänsel und Gretel at the Wiener Kammeroper, Doctor Falke in Die Fledermausat the Franz Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl, Austria and returned to Palm Beach Opera as Moralès in Carmen. While a member of the Junges Ensemble of the Theater an der Wien, he made his European debut as the title role of Eugene Onegin at the Wiener Kammeroper, followed by performances of Argante in Rinaldo, which he reprised in a tour to the Bolshoi Theater, Ramiro in L’heure Espagnole, Le Directeur and Le Gendarme in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Cecco in Gli Uccellatori, and was presented in solo concert and recital. As a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he created the roles of Leo Stein and Man Ray in the worldof Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 (released on Albany Records) and sang Samuel in Pirates of Penzance. He also joined Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Artist, singing La Mari in Les mamelles de Tirésias and Le Dancaïre in Carmen. He sang Schaunard in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera with Palm Beach Opera in a return to the company after being a member of the company’s young artist program at which he sang Figaro in family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Fiorello in the company’s mainstage performances and Hermann and and Schlémil in Les contes d’Hoffmann.
On the concert stage, he has sung Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Soli Deo Gloria and The Druid Priest in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Saint George’s Choral Society as well as joining the Opera Orchestra of New York for a gala concert at Alice Tully Hall. He was presented by the Brooklyn Art Song Society in a recital of Wolf’s Mörike Lieder with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and joined the New York Festival of Song for three concert programs, and was a Schwab Vocal Rising Star at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Additionally he was a vocal fellow in the 2013 Toronto Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Greenhalgh is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, from which he earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. In his final year at Juilliard, he sang Malatesta in Don Pasquale and the Ferryman in Curlew River following previous performances of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and The Voice of Pokaye in Davies’ Komilitonen!.
He is a first place winner of the 2016 Riccardo Zandonai Competition and the 2013 Liederkranz Competition in the opera divison. In past seasons, his other competition wins included grand prize in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition, first place in the Mario Lanza Competition, second place in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, third place in the Gerda Lissner Competition, an encouragement award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and career grants from The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and Opera Index, Inc. He was also a finalist in the Operalia Competition. Additionally, he is the co-creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for kids that promotes an anti-bullying stance from early school years. The program was recently featured on a PBS Newshour special on entrepreneurship in the classical arts.