American tenor Garrett Sorenson has been praised as an artist of unique interest, garnering critical acclaim for the beauty and power of his rich lyric voice.

Recent highlights include Steve Wozniak in Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs in a return to San Francisco Opera; and Handel’s Messiah and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Nashville Symphony under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero.

Previously, Mr. Sorenson made his house debut at Seattle Opera while reprising Steve Wozniak in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, returned to Kentucky Opera as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, and sang Faust in the world premiere of The Beyond in collaboration with the Louisville Ballet. On the concert stage, he has performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Houston Symphony led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with both the Charlotte Symphony and Phoenix Symphony.

Highlights of past seasons include Steve Wozniack in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera, Anthony Candolino in the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s opera Great Scott at San Diego Opera, his return to West Australian Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, his role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Arizona Opera, and a new production of Bedřich Smetana’s The Kiss with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Laca in Jenůfa and Matteo in Arabella. Concert appearances include Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with L’Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mozart’s Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of David Robertson, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch, Elgar’s The Kingdom and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass at the Grant Park Music Festival under the baton of Carlos Kalmar, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in their residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. In 2011, Sorenson appeared on Broadway in an extended run of Terrence McNally’s Master Class opposite Tyne Daly, and subsequently took part in the Tony-nominated production’s successful transfer to London’s West End.

A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Sorenson made his company debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Itulbo in Bellini’s rarely-performed Il pirata, opposite Renée Fleming. He later went on to perform Cassio in the opening night gala of Otello conducted by James Levine. Additional roles at the Metropolitan Opera include Da-Ud in a new production of Richard Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena starring Deborah Voigt and conducted by Fabio Luisi, the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde, and the Youth in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron under the baton of James Levine, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Young Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Other career operatic highlights include debuts at San Francisco Opera as Narraboth in Salome conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Kudryas in Káťa Kabanová opposite Karita Mattila, Canadian Opera Company and West Australian Opera as Don José in Carmen, and Santa Fe Opera as Leukippos in a new production of Strauss’ Daphne directed by Mark Lamos. Mr. Sorenson has also sung the Italian Tenor in Maximilian Schell’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier at Los Angeles Opera, conducted by Kent Nagano; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at West Australian Opera; Rodolfo in La bohème and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera, under the baton of Patrick Summers; the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Sam Kaplan in Street Scene at Opera Theatre of St. Louis; the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Arizona Opera; Alfredo in La Traviata and Lensky in Eugene Onegin at Boston Lyric Opera; his role debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Indianapolis Opera; and the title role in Werther at Kentucky Opera opposite his wife Elizabeth Batton as Charlotte.

A consummate concert performer and recitalist, Mr. Sorenson participated in “The Song Continues” under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, a weeklong series of performances and master classes at Carnegie Hall. Notable symphonic appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tanglewood Festival under the baton of Kurt Masur, at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland under the baton of James Levine, and with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition to Salome, Mr. Sorenson has performed in Elektra with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, and in a concert version of Simone Boccanegra with James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also sung a program of Viennese music with the New York Philharmonic and a concert of arias and duets with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as Das Lied von der Erde with the South Dakota Symphony and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Houston Symphony.

Among his honors and awards, Mr. Sorenson was the winner of the Opera Birmingham Young Singer Contest and the Sorantin Young Artist Award. A finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society Contest for Young Opera Singers, Mr. Sorenson was also named a winner at the 2003 George London Foundation Competition and a Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner.  In 2004, he was awarded the Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant. Mr. Sorenson is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and currently resides in Kentucky with his wife, Elizabeth Batton, as well as his daughter and two sons.

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