Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8:30pm
Cody Austin, Tenor
Tenor Cody Austin: A graduate of the AVA, recent engagements include the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for Virginia Opera, Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Jose in Le Tragedy de Carmen for Shreveport Opera, and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids. In 2015-16 he sang Faust in Boito’s Mefistofile with Knoxville Opera, Tamino with Portland Opera, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Tampa and debuted as Pinkerton with the Northern Lights Festival this summer. Engagements this season include Alfredo in La Traviata with Pittsburgh Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Buttefly with Gulf Coast Symphony and Opera, as well as Holiday concerts in New Jersey. His professional debut was with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Roderigo in Otello in 2009, where he was invited to return in 2012 to perform Edmondo in Manon Lescaut. Also in Philadelphia he has performed Tassilo in Countess Maritza with the Concert Operetta Theater and was featured as tenor soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in a program entitled 'The Great American Tenor' in 2010. While at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. Austin had the opportunity to perform in Kat’a Kabanova, La Traviata, and Anna Bolena. Prior to AVA he completed graduate work at Indiana University where he sang George Gibbs in the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. He has been a young artist at Central City Opera and Opera New Jersey, where he performed in La Traviata and The Merry Widow.