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About the artist:

Saïd Henry Pressley is a member of the HGO Chorus. He previously appeared with HGO mainstage productions as a Jailer in Tosca (2015), Hyde in Prince of Players (2016) and Messenger in La traviata (2022). He also appeared in the company world premiere of The Pastry Prince (2015) and Cinderella in Spain (2014). He has performed as Presto in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Simone/Maestro Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Wu Tianshi in the American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen! with Juilliard Opera; as well as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Sebastian in the world premiere recording of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest (Albany Records), Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Purchase Opera. Pressley performed in Unsung Activist by Steve Wallace with Opera in the Heights and has appeared with The Dacameron Opera Coalition. With Houston’s Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, he has performed at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and MATCH Houston. He won first prize in the Tony and Sally Amato Opera Competition (2010); second prize in the Harlem Opera Theater Competition (2013); and was named a semi-finalist in Dallas Opera Guild’s Annual Vocal Competition (2014) and Best Vocalist at the Sid Wright Accompanying Competition (2018). A graduate of Purchase College Conservatory and The Juilliard School, he is pursuing a doctorate degree at the Butler School of Music.

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