Coordinator of Voice
M.M., University of Southern California
The versatile American basso cantante Myron Myers is equally at home in operatic, oratorio and recital repertoire. The press has commended his commanding elegance, rich warmth and subtle introspection in collaborations with such noted conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Robert Page, Raymond Leppard, Lukas Foss, Andrew Parrott, Reinhardt Peters and Rene Clemencic. He has been a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony. He has sung at Carnegie Hall with the New York Choral Society, at Lincoln Center with Music of the Baroque, and at Kennedy Center with the Handel Festival Orchestra.
Other concert engagements include the Buffalo (Valdes) and Long Island (Alsop) Philharmonics, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Dartmouth, Madison, Monterey, Vermont and West Virginia Symphonies, as well as the Woodstock Mozart and San Antonio Music Festivals.
On the international scene, he has sung with Brucknerfest Linz, Donau Festwochen and Carinthischer Sommer, all in Austria; the Flanders Festival and the Festival of Wallone in Belgium; with Orchestra Sinfonico di Pesaro, Italy; and in televised concerts with Orquestra Filarmonica de la UNAM, Mexico City. He has made two tours of Europe with Maestro Page with the Prague Radio Orchestra and the Staatorchester Halle, singing Dvorak, Verdi, and Brahms Requiems.
Operatic roles include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (San Antonio Music Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chamber Opera Chicago); Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algieri (Berkshire Opera Festival); Rocco in Fidelio (Madison and Dartmouth Symphonies and the Carmel Bach Festival); Ramfis in Aida (Madison, Sacramento and Da Corneto Operas); Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, both with Opera International; and Simone in Gianni Schicchi and its sequel, Buoso’s Ghost, for Chicago Opera Theater. In 2008 he will sing twice with Opera Carolina as Ramfis in Aida and as Commendatore in Don Giovanni.
Myron Myers made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts, garnering praise from the New York Times for his “fluent and elegant bass voice”. Recordings include Beethoven and Schubert Masses with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony for Telarc; Mozart with Thomas Wikman and Music of the Baroque on its own label; Pomes Penyeach (songs to poetry of James Joyce for Musical Heritage Society; and da Gagliano’s La Dafne for ABC Records, which received a Grammy nomination.
Myron Myers is coordinator of voice studies at Northern Illinois University, and the founder of Voci d’estate, a summer program in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy for emerging operatic singers (www.vocidestate.com).