Title role in Siegfried. Previously: The Narrator in The Christmas Carol (2014), Canio/Pagliaccio in Pagliacci (2000).
About the Artist:
Jay Hunter Morris was previously seen at HGO as The Narrator in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol (2014) and as Canio/Pagliaccio in Pagliacci (2000). His 2015–16 season began at Los Angeles Opera with Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick, a role he also sang at San Francisco Opera (telecast on PBS’s Great Performances), State Opera of South Australia, and San Diego Opera. In February with Opera Philadelphia, he sang Teague in Cold Mountain, a role he created for the work’s premiere at Santa Fe Opera last summer. After his performances at HGO, he travels to Polish National Opera to appear as Tristan in a new production of Tristan und Isolde, and returns to Glimmerglass Festival as its 2016 artist in residence and to appear as Judge Danforth in The Crucible. Recent highlights include his appearance with Boston’s Odyssey Opera as Paul in Die tote Stadt, a role he performed at The Dallas Opera last season, and singing Erik in Der fliegende Hollander at both Hawaii Opera Theatre and at Washington National Opera (a role he also sang at Glimmerglass Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Australia). He sang the title role in Siegfried for the first time in acclaimed performances at San Francisco Opera, quickly followed by his notable appearance in the Metropolitan Opera’s complete Ring cycle by Robert Lepage, which was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide and which won a Grammy Award. He has created many roles in world premieres, including Captain James Nolan in John Adams’s Doctor Atomic at San Francisco Opera, Marky in Howard Shore’s The Fly at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and Unferth in Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel at L.A. Opera.