Harold Gray Meers
Tenor
New England Third Place Winner, 2000

Last season Harold Meers covered Rodolfo in La bohéme at the Met, a role he also sang at San Diego Opera; this season he returns to cover Cassio in Otello. The tenor will also make his Madison Opera debut next spring in the title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann, after joining the company this summer for their “Opera in the Park” concerts. In the 2013-2014 season Harold was Macduff in Macbeth for Minnesota Opera, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers at Nashville Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus. In recent years Harold’s signature roles have been Puccini’s heroes Rodolfo (Minnesota Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera); Pinkerton (Opera Columbus, Nashville Opera), and Ruggero in La rondine (Des Moines Metro Opera). In 2012 the tenor joined Opera Charleston as Don Jose in Carmen, with Denyce Graves in the title role and his wife soprano Saundra DeAthos (Finalist 2000) as Micaëla. Harold is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, where his wife is Visiting Assistant Professor of  Theater.

 

Harold holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Judson College in Marion, Alabama and a Master of Music in Voice from Illinois State University. After completing his training at the Boston University Opera Institute he participated in the young artist programs of Opera North (NH), Des Moines Metro Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. In 1997 the tenor made his professional debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Ferrando in Così fan tutte; he later returned to the company as Fritz in The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and Laertes in Hamlet. Other early roles includedJacquino in Fidelio at Des Moines Metro Opera, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Toledo Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Opera North, in New Hampshire, Cassio in Otello with Opera Omaha, Gastone in La traviata and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Little Bat in Susannah with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Baltimore Opera, Camille in The Merry Widow with Virginia Opera, and Ruiz in Il trovatore and the Novice in Billy Budd with San Francisco Opera. With Boston Lyric Opera Harold was the First Jew in Salome, Simonson in Tod Machover’s Resurrection, and Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio. Harold made his international debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with in Bangkok Opera, where he also appeared as also Ferrando in Così fan tutte.

 

Harold Meers has twice been awarded first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS): in the Illinois Regional Auditions in 1994 and in the Tri-State Auditions in 1995. Also in 1995, he won the Illinois State University Concerto/Aria Competition. In 1998, he was awarded Debut Artist Award at the Krannert Center of the University of Illinois for the Performing Arts.

 

 

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