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.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Sorenson returns to the Kentucky Opera as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Faust in the world premiere of The Beyond in collaboration with the Louisville Ballet. He also sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte Symphony. Last season, Mr. Sorenson sang Steve Wozniack in the world premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Santa Fe Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera, he replaced an ailing colleague as Laca in Janáček’s Jenůfa. Concert appearances included Lensky in a semi-staged performance of Eugene Onegin with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Phoenix Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony, and the Mozart Requiem at the Rhode Island Philharmonic.Read more
Highlights of Mr. Sorenson’s recent seasons include Anthony Candolino in the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s opera Great Scott at the San Diego Opera, his return to West Australian Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème, his role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s 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 cover the roles of Count Tristan Vaudemont in Iolanta, the Prince in Rusalka, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, and Matteo in Arabella. Recent 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, the Verdi 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, a gala concert opposite Deborah Voigt with the Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival in the Czech Republic, 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. He also 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 with Bellini’s rarely-performed Il Pirata as Itulbo, 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 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.
Mr. Sorenson made his debuts at San Francisco Opera as Narraboth in Salome conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Kudryas in Katya Kabanova, opposite Karita Mattila, and Canadian Opera Company and West Australian Opera as Don José in Carmen. A member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Mr. Sorenson stepped in at the last minute for the title role of Werther in the Apprentice Showcase Scenes. He later returned to Santa Fe Opera to make his debut on the main stage in a new production of Strauss’ Daphne as Leukippos directed by Mark Lamos.
Other operatic highlights of Mr. Sorenson’s recent seasons include the Italian Tenor in Maximilian Schell’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Kent Nagano with Los Angeles Opera; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at West Australian Opera; Rodolfo in La Bohème and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Patrick Summers at Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann conducted by Stephen Lord and Sam Kaplan in Street Scene with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Don José in Carmen with Arizona Opera; Alfredo in La Traviata and Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Boston Lyric Opera; his role debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Indianapolis Opera; the title role in Werther with Kentucky Opera opposite his wife Elizabeth Batton as Charlotte; Alfredo in La Traviata at Opera Colorado; and the title role in Faust with New Orleans Opera.
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, as well as concert appearances in St. Petersburg, FL. The George London Foundation was proud to host Mr. Sorenson in recital in New York City. 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 Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition to Salome, Mr. Sorenson has also performed in Elektra with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and with the New York Philharmonic in a program of Viennese music. He also sang a concert version of Simon Boccanegra with James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other notable symphonic appearances include Das Lied von der Erde with the South Dakota Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Houston Symphony, and a concert of arias and duets with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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, his daughter, and two sons.
“Garrett Sorenson’s Lukas more than held his own against this adamant kiss-denier. He has a boyishly appealing demeanor and a hefty tenor of gleam and thrust. His technique is secure and free, and when he pours out the sound there is ample stentorian power on display. But Mr. Sorenson also did some ravishing, tormented phrases that he underplayed with moving results. Indeed, his overall excellence made me wonder (hope?): is a superb Peter Grimes possibly in our midst?”
“Tenor Garrett Sorenson’s blazing voice projected his lines with the greatest clarity of all cast members.”
“Garrett Sorenson revealed incipient heldentenor credentials with a fine Narraboth. ”
“Garrett Sorenson exuded ardour as Narraboth”
“Garrett Sorenson is a young tenor to be watched. His opening scene displayed a strong, full voice with no hint that he needed to ‘save it for the end’ where Verdi placed the famous and vocally demanding ‘La donna e mobile.’ Sorenson’s acting had just enough of the duplicity of royalty toward women of the period to make one dislike the character but love the voice.”
Donald J. Behnke, Green Valley News and Sun
“As the initially lighthearted, eventually remorseful Lieutenant Pinkerton, tenor Garrett Sorenson depended on his appealing voice to carry most of his insight into the role. Pinkerton is about more than ethnocentric bluster, and Sorenson’s singing was able to convey his genuine regard for Butterfly, however shallowly rooted it may be.”
Jay Harvey, indystar.com
“In his company debut, tenor Garrett Sorenson sang with ravishing intensity as the besotted captain Narraboth”
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
“Another pair of Lyric debutants, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Liora Grodnikaite and tenor Garrett Sorenson, were fresh-voiced and appealing as the other, happier pair of lovers, Varvara and Kudrjas. ”
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
“Completing Katya’s trifecta of tenors was Garrett Sorenson. Also making his Lyric debut, Sorenson was ideal as the cheerful Kudrjas, his attractive tenor making the most of his Act 2 folksong. ”
Lawrence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
“The alternately drunk, sober, love-besotted, bereft and, finally, victorious Hoffmann is sung by Garrett Sorenson, whose full, clear tenor, wrings out every tune.”
Lew Prince, River Front Times
“There was strong work from Garrett Sorenson as Cassio…”
Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times
“Garrett Sorenson, as Cassio, has a light, clear tenor that’s a joy to hear..”
Colin Eatock– The Globe and Mail