Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh is a versatile singer on the rise, whom Opera News claimed was "so clearly headed for success” and was recently featured on WQXR’s 40 Under 40: A New Generation of Superb Opera Singers list. This season, Tobias joins Boston Lyric Opera for his first performances of Silvio in I Pagliacci. He also joins the ensemble at Aalto-Musiktheater Essen where his roles will include the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Valentin in Faust, and Ottokar in Der Freischütz. Additionally, he will reprise the role of Escamillo in Carmen with the Zakopane Music Festival in Poland, and will sing recitals at Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and with Opera South Dakota. Last season, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni with both Virginia Opera and Baltimore Concert Opera, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opéra national de Montpellier, returned to Palm Beach Opera for Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and sang Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre. He also sang a recital at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, made his debut with the Prototype Festival in New York City, and made his Barbican Centre Debut in a newly commissioned piece by Joby Talbot. This past Summer, Tobias reprised the role of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Las Vegas, and sang a solo recital at the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival. Recent career highlights include performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Glyndebourne Opera Tour, the title role in Dido and Aeneas at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, Riff in West Side Story at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Leo Stein & Man Ray in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 with Mastervoices, and two recent Carnegie Hall debuts singing Smyth’s The Prison with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and a recital at Weill Recital Hall. During his time in Vienna, Tobias collaborated with Czech choreographer Martin Dvorak to co-create a staged version of Winterreise, which he performed to critical acclaim in Vienna and performed at various venues in the Czech Republic.
Other recent performances include Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with the Orlando Philharmonic, a quartet of roles in King Arthur with Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! with Charlottesville Opera, 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 Fledermaus at the Franz Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl, Austria, and Moralès in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera. While a member of the Junges Ensemble of the Theater an der Wien, he made his European debut in 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 recital. As a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he made the cover of Opera News magazine for creating the roles of Leo Stein & Man Ray in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 (released on Albany Records) and sang Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, which he reprised at Palm Beach Opera. 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 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, The Druid Priest in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Saint George’s Choral Society. Tobias has given recitals at the Teatro Sérgio Cardoso in São Paulo, Rochester Lyric Opera, the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong, the Make Music New York Festival, and two solo recitals at the Arnold Schönberg Center of Vienna. He was presented by the Brooklyn Art Song Society in a recital of Wolf’s Mörike Lieder, 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 Pokayne in Davies’ Komilitonen! .
His competition successes include winning the Grand Prize of the Riccardo Zandonai Concorso in Italy, Grand Prize in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition, 1st place in the Liederkranz Competition, 1st place in the Mario Lanza Competition, 2nd place and the audience prize in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, 3rd place in the Hilde Zadjek Competition, 3rd place in the Gerda Lissner Competition, and 3rd place in the Nico Dostal Operetta Competition. Also, Tobias was a finalist at the 2015 Operalia Competition, won an encouragement award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and won career grants from The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and Opera Index, Inc.
Tobias 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.