American baritone Ian Greenlaw’s prodigious gifts have brought him to center stage of opera companies and orchestras from coast to coast. The Chicago Sun-Times characterized Ian Greenlaw as “possessing a voice both strong and sweet, and matinee idol good looks…,” and the Washington Post noted that he has “elegant stage presence, a subtle sense of humor and a splendid voice.”
Mr. Greenlaw recently made his La Scala debut as the protagonist in Lorin Maazel’s opera 1984. In the 2010-2011 season he participated in New York City Opera’s production of Intermezzo, also having appeared with Opera Columbus in the Kurt Weill Revue ‘Berlin to Broadway.’ He will sing Handel’s Messiah with the Bach Society of Saint Louis and will perform Ricky Ian Gordon’s new one-man opera Green Sneakers in the premiere season of Urban Arias in Washington, D.C.
During the 2008-2009 season Mr. Greenlaw appeared with the New York Philharmonic for performances of Britten’s War Requiem and L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Additional concert engagements have included Bach’s St. John’s Passion, the Fauré Requiem, Bartok’s Cantata Profana with the St. Louis Symphony, Mauricio Kagel’s …,den 24. xii.1931, with Saint Louis Symphony Chamber Music Series, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recent operatic engagements have incluced the title roles in Don Giovanni and Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera and Peter in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Mr. Greenlaw made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Theater Manager in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, returning as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fléville in Andrea Chénier, Moralès in Carmen and Cascada in The Merry Widow. He has appeared as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Colorado, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Arizona Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Chicago Opera Theatre, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Central City Opera, and Falke in Die Fledermaus with Michigan Opera Theatre. Mr. Greenlaw has also performed the title role in Don Giovanni in student matinees with the Dallas Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin, Albert in Werther, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Iron Hans in Susa’s Transformations with Lyric Opera Cleveland.
A gifted concert artist and recitalist, Ian Greenlaw has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony in works ranging from the Brahms Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana to Britten’s War Requiem and Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dulcinea.
Mr. Greenlaw has participated at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists and is currently on the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, under whose auspices he made his Carnegie Hall debut. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2002 Richard Tucker Career Grant, a 2001 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and First Place in the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition. The baritone holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mr. Greenlaw is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Opera Center and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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