Bernard Holcomb

Tenor Bernard Holcomb (he/him) has “already made a name for himself in the world of opera” with his “delicate and flexible” voice (Opera Wire) and the “appealing sweetness and clarity [of] his tone” (New York Times). Katy Walsh of Chicago Theater Beat said it best: “Although everyone [at Lyric Opera of Chicago] can sing, Holcomb reminds us why we come to the Lyric.” Last season, Mr. Holcomb made his Metropolitan Opera début in Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s Champion, his house début at Opera Omaha in X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X, and joined Central City Opera as Iago in Otello. In addition, Holcomb performed with On Site Opera as Harlekin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and took part in the workshop for The Pigeon Keeper, a new commission from Santa Fe Opera. In concert, Holcomb performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Hailstork and Martin’s A Knee on the Neck with New York Choral Society, a holiday concert with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of Mo. John Morris Russel, Jacksonville Symphony’s concert Lush Life: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, as well as Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem with Fort Worth Opera, after having appeared in its world premiere in the 21-22 season. Holcomb returns to The Metropolitan Opera this season for both X: The Life and Times of Malcom X and Fire Shut Up In My Bones.

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