Tenor Jonathan Boyd has performed in opera and oratorio throughout Europe, North America and South America, where his recent company debuts include Opéra de Nice and Opéra de Toulon as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Teatro Colón in a live television broadcast as Werther; Opera Faber in Portugal as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress; Dallas Opera as Narraboth in Salome; Utah Opera, Nashville Opera and Michigan Opera Theater as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette; Opera Royal de Wallonie in Belgium as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni; Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges as Fenton in Falstaff; Portland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Festival Lyrique-en-mer de Belle Île as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; as well as his role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with Akouna, Opéra en plein air in France.
Last season (2008-2009), Mr. Boyd returned to the Portland Opera as Jaquino in Fidelio, returned to the Nashville Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Rodolfo in La Bohème, debuted with Opéra de Toulon (France) as Lysander, debuted with Teatru Manoel (Malta National Theater) as Tamino, debuted with the Arizona Opera as Don Ottavio, and debuted with Opera New Jersey in this role debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In concert, he performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Princeton Symphony.
In the 2009-2010 season and beyond, engagements include his debut at the Seattle Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; his San Diego Opera debut in Jake Heggie’s new opera Moby Dick as Ishmael, debuts with Théâtre de l’Athénée, Théâtre de Gennevilliers and Théâtre et Musique in France as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress; as well as Alfredo in La Traviata at Opera Carolina, Don Ottavio at Opera Cleveland, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Columbus. In concert, he performs Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony, Haydn's Creation with the Flint Symphony, and Britten’s Serenade Op.31 for tenor horn and strings with L’Orchestre de Avignon in France.
The Corning, New York native has previously performed in San Francisco Opera’s productions of Falstaff, Turandot, The Merry Widow (released on DVD), and Mother of Us All. Since his apprenticeship with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Mr. Boyd has returned in numerous roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Camille in The Merry Widow. In addition, Mr. Boyd made his role debuts as Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Virginia Opera, Sam in Street Scene with Portland Opera, Sam in Susannah with Opera Columbus and L’Opéra de Montréal, and returned to Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. With the Sarasota Opera, he has performed Nadir in Les Pêcheurs des Perles, Fenton in Falstaff, and Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte.
Mr. Boyd has an extensive repertoire in 20th century operas including Michigan Opera Theatre’s world premiere of Margaret Garner as George Hancock, and New York City Opera’s productions of Mother of Us All and Central Park. Composer Lee Hoiby personally chose Mr. Boyd for the role of Romeo in his opera Romeo and Juliet, which he subsequently sang in the semi-staged performances at the Opera America convention in Vancouver, as well as with New York City Opera, Stamford Symphony in Connecticut, and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. In Santa Fe Opera’s production of A Dream Play, he received an award from the National Federation of Music Club for his accomplishments.
Mr. Boyd has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Maestro Kurt Masur, the Philadelphia Orchestra in a recording of I Pagliacci with Maestro Riccardo Muti, the Choral Arts Society as Tenor Soloist in Haydn’s Creation at the Kennedy Center, at Carnegie Hall in Mozart’s Requiem, the Baltimore Symphony in Handel’s Messiah, as well as with Maestro Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque, and returned for a Bach’s E flat Magnificat and Cantata 110. Additionally, Mr. Boyd was the tenor soloist for Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, tenor soloist in Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Britten’s Les Illuminations with with I Musici de Montréal, and made his debut with Virginia Symphony in the live television broadcast of Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri in the role of Mozart.
Opera Carolina Performances:
La Traviata (2010–2011)
Margaret Garner (2005–2006)