Lee Poulis
Baritone
New England Finalist, Encouragement Award, 2001

Lee Poulis begins this season at San Francisco Opera, where he covers the role of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He then joins The Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells” and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra as soloist in “Carmina Burana.” In the 2014-15 season Lee Poulis returned to Europe to reprise the roles of Heathcliff in Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights with Staatstheater Braunschweig (Germany) and J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic with Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. He also made his debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin with Teatre Principal de Palma, Mallorca. Closer to home, the baritone sang his first Leporello in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Don Giovanni. On the concert stage Lee was soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in Avner Dorman’s “Dialogues of Love,” and in Hindemith’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” with the  Choral Society of Durham (NC), as well as with the New York Choral Society in his Carnegie Hall debut. His 2013-14 engagements included Ford in Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles in his debut with Fort Worth Opera, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Belleayre Festival Opera in Highmount, NY. He also joined the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Die Fledermaus, covering the role of Eisenstein.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government, Lee is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera. In Washington the baritone appeared as Dandini in La Cenerentola, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, the Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, and Senator Raitcliffe in the world premiere of Scott Wheeler’s Democracy. An international career soon followed, with early roles including Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile; Marcello at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Opera Halle; and Valentin in Faust with Opera Chemnitz. During a two-year residency at the Theater Bonn (2008-2010) Lee was twice named “Bester Nachwuchssanger” (Best Young Singer) in the annual survey of German music critics in “Die Welt.” His repertory there included Pantalon in Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges,Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Marcello in La bohème, Father in Hänsel und Gretel, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Germont in La traviata, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Ping in Turandot, Escamillo in Carmen, Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur, and Graf von Eberbach in Der Wildschütz.

Lee’s many other roles abroad have included Masetto in Don Giovanni (Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Ópera de Bilbao), the title role of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken in the first German production of Doctor Atomic and in Helsinki with Finnish National Opera, Marcello with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, and Wolfram with Oper Halle. On this side of the Atlantic, Lee made his Sarasota Opera debut in the title role of Don Giovanni and returned there as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoorand Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles, sang Enrico at Dayton Opera, appeared as Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights in his Minnesota Opera debut, and sang Marcello in debut at Toledo Opera. In season 2012-13 he made his debut with the Berkshire Choral Festival in selections from Les Pêcheurs de perlesLa Rondine, and Aida, one of many appearances on the concert stage since his 2007 Weill Hall recital debut at Carnegie Hall with the Marilyn Horne Foundation's “On Wings of Song” series.

Lee Poulis was the first prize winner in the 2008 Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, top prize winner in the 2008 Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition, and first prize winner in the 2007 Chester Ludgin International Verdi Baritone Competition. He also received an Encouragement Award in the 2008 George London Foundation Awards competition.

 

You can read more about Mr. Poulis on his website. He is represented by Barrett Vantage Artists.

 

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