American tenor Justin John Moniz, is quickly earning recognition for his "confident and compelling" artistry. Lauded by the South Florida Classical Review as a "superb high tenor" and a "vocal standout", his "refined" work has also been praised by the Miami Herald and Cape Cod Times. He begins the 2013-2014 season as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, where he will cover Ruiz in Verdi's Il trovatore
and sing selections from Puccini's La bohème
as Rodolfo in The Stars of Tomorrow Gala
. He returns for a second season with the Utah Festival Opera after last season's triumphant debut, this summer in the role of Detlef in Romberg's The Student Prince
and in Barber's Vanessa
, where he will cover the role of Anatol. The fall will see his debut with the Opera Company of Middlebury as Gastone in Verdi's La traviata
, where he will also cover the role of Alfredo.
His engagements during the 2012-2013 season included Cassio in Verdi's Otello
with the Utah Festival Opera, Viva Verdi
, a celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi with Orchestra Miami, Handel's Messiah
with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, Alhambra Orchestra and the New Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, Marcus in the world-premiere of Mason's Entanglements
presented by the Lowe Art Museum (Coral Gables, FL), and Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
with Center Stage Opera (CA) and Frost Opera Theatre, the Miami Herald praising his "finely shaded lyric tenor" in an "exquisitely sung" debut.
A respected interpreter of new works, Mr. Moniz has originated the role of Horatio in the world-premiere of Kievman's Hamlet
with the SoBe Institute of the Arts, the title role in Parry's The Highwayman
with the Crane Opera Ensemble, and most recently, Marcus in the world-premiere of Mason's Entanglements
presented by the Lowe Art Museum, the South Florida Classical Review identifying Moniz's "suave lyric tenor" as the evening's "vocal standout".
Mr. Moniz's rising career has also included performances with the Florida Grand Opera, the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Miami Bach Society, the College Light Opera Company, the Lake George Music Festival, the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival, and Opera New Jersey, where he was previously a member of the prestigious, Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program. Mr. Moniz earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York – Potsdam.
Additional past operatic roles include: Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
, Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte
, Albert in Britten's Albert Herring
, Nerone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea
, Le Marechal in Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphée
, Le Petit Vielliard and Le Chat in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges
, Kaspar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors
, and Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
, among others.
His orchestral concert appearances include Handel's Messiah
, Mendelssohn's Elijah
, Mozart's Requiem
and Vesperae solennes de confessore
, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio
, and Schubert's Intende voci orationis meae
. He has performed in recital and in concert in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and on the big island of Hawai'i and beyond with artists including Stephanie Blythe, Lisa Vroman, Richard Zeller, Paul Sperry and John Musto, among many others.
Mr. Moniz is currently represented by EMBRA Artists. For more information, please visit www.justinjohnmoniz.com
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