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Tobias Greenhalgh

Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh has established himself as a compelling young singing actor, whom Opera News claimed was "so clearly headed for success”, and was recently featured on WQXR’s 40 Under 40: A New Generation of Superb Opera Singers list. This season, Tobias returns as an ensemble member at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, where his roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, Valentin in Faust, Morales in Carmen, and the leading role of Tom Edison in the world premiere of Dogville (based on the film by Lars von Trier).

Last season he sang Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Posa in Don Carlo, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi. Additionally, he presented a staged solo concert of Dichterliebe combined with recitations of Shakespeare Sonnets.

In the 2020/2021 season, Tobias began with a return to the Theater an der Wien, as Bussy in Christof Loy’s production of Zazá, which was recently released on Blu-Ray by Unitel Classica.He also continued his ensemble position at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, where he sang Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Silvio in Pagliacci.

Recent career highlights include performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Glyndebourne Opera Tour, the title role in Dido and Aeneas atthe Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, Riff in West Side Story at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Leo Stein & Man Ray in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 with Mastervoices at New York City Center, and two recent Carnegie Hall debuts singing Smyth’s The Prison with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and a recital at Weill Recital Hall. During his time in Vienna, Tobias collaborated with Czech choreographer Martin Dvorak to co-create a staged version of Winterreise, which he performed to critical acclaim in Vienna and performed at various venues in the Czech Republic. 

On the concert stage, he has sung Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Soli Deo Gloria in Chicago, La Bettulia Liberata with Bach Consort Wien, The Druid Priest in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Saint George’s Choral Society in New York. Tobias has given recitals with Rochester Lyric Opera, the Teatro Sérgio Cardoso in São Paulo, the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong, the Make Music New York Festival, the National Forum of Music in Poland, and two solo recitals at the Arnold Schönberg Center of Vienna. He was presented by the Brooklyn Art Song Society in a recital of Wolf’s Mörike Lieder, joined the New York Festival of Song for three concert programs, and was a Schwab Vocal Rising Star at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Additionally he was a vocal fellow in the 2013 Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Mr. Greenhalgh is a graduate of The Juilliard School, from which he earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. In his final year at Juilliard, he sang Malatesta in Don Pasquale and the Ferryman in Curlew River following previous performances of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and The Voice of Pokayne in Davies’ Komilitonen! .

His competition successes include winning the Grand Prize of the Riccardo Zandonai Concorso in Italy, Grand Prize in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition, 1st place in the Liederkranz Competition, 1st place in the Mario Lanza Competition, 2nd place and the audience prize in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, 3rd place in the Hilde Zadjek Competition, 3rd place in the Gerda Lissner Competition, and 3rd place in the Nico Dostal Operetta Competition. Additionally, Tobias was a finalist at the 2015 Operalia Competition, and won career grants from The Lucia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and Opera Index, Inc. Tobias was also nominated for an Austrian Musiktheater Award as Best Young Male Singer in 2016.

Tobias is the co-creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for kids that promotes an anti-bullying stance from early school years. The program was recently featured on a PBS Newshour special on entrepreneurship in the classical arts and has seen hundreds of performances across North America.