Bass-baritone Zachary Altman made his official debut with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma during the 2016-17 season as the Athlet/Tierbändiger in Lulu, directed by William Kentridge and conducted by Alejo Perez, and performed the same roles in Lulu with the Hamburgische Staatsoper in a new production by Christophe Marthaler. In addition, Mr. Altman made his role debut as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream during peformances in Brescia, Cremona, Pavia, Como, and Reggia Emilia. Bottom will serve as his debut with Teatro Massimo di Palermo during the 2017-2018 season, along with debuts at Opéra de Lyon as Tschao in Zemlinsky’s Der Kreidekreis, and Teatro La Fenice as Lovell in Richard III; he will return to Rome for Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, conducted by James Conlon. Upcoming engagements in the 2018-19 season include the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera.
Mr. Altman’s 2015-16 performances included a debut with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring; joining Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Henze’s The Bassarids; filling in on 24 hours’ notice as Dritte Schäfer in Daphnewith the Hamburgische Staatsoper; a debut with West Edge Opera in Berkeley, California as the Tierbändiger/Athlet in Lulu; and Il Mandarino in Turandot with the Pacific Symphony.
As a member of Theater Basel in the 2014-15 season, he performed six roles, including Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Schlemil/Hermann (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Montano in a new production of Otello directed by Calixto Bieito. He was also featured in concert with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2012-2014, Zachary was a Principal Resident Artist at Opera San Jose, performing as Zurga (Les pêcheurs de perles), Count Di Luna (Il trovatore), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Ford (Falstaff), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi. In 2012 he debuted with Gotham Chamber Opera in a collaboration with MAYA and Company XIV called Orientale, and returned in 2013 for its production of Baden Baden 1927. In 2012 and 2013 Mr. Altman sang with the Caramoor Festival as Vaudemont in Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia.
He made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl as Herman Augustus and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide, conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Zach spent three years as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he sang the title role in Don Giovanni, Dr. Miracle in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Breedley in Bolcom’s A Wedding.
Other career highlights for Mr. Altman include Nimming Ned (The Beggar’s Opera) under the baton of Lorin Maazel with the Castleton Festival; John Proctor (The Crucible), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with the Chautauqua Institute; and the world premiere of Simon Sargon’s Out of the Depths with Voices of Change in Dallas, TX, a piece expressly written for Mr. Altman. He has also been a young artist with both Fort Worth Opera and Sarasota Opera, and received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.
He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he sang his first Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Joe Harland in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, which was recorded and released on Albany Records.