Byron Singleton, Benedict

"I will fetch you a toothpicker now from the furthest inch of Asia; do you any embassage to the Pigmies, rather than hold three words' conference with this harpy."

Tenor Byron Singelton has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

 While attending graduate school he performed Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Titiro in Il café D’amore, and Don Ottavio (cover) in Don Giovanni as well as other supporting roles.  In 1998 he was a participant in The Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve, Italy, where he performed operas and concerts in various venues in the Tuscan countryside.  He was also a finalist in the 1998 Richard Tauber Tenor Competition.

In 1999 he performed the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera on the Lake in Maine.  From 2000-2001 Mr. Singleton was a resident artist at DiCapo Opera Theater, where he performed the roles of Schmidt, Borsa, and the messenger in Werther, Rigoletto, and Il Trovatore, respectively.  During the summer of 2001 Mr. Singleton was a resident artist at Caramoor Opera, where he sang the role of Rodolfo in excerpts from Luisa Miller under the baton of Will Crutchfield, as well as covering the role of the King in Rossini’s Otello.  In 2002 he sang the title role in the Metropolitan Opera Guild production Where’s a Tenor when you need One, a show designed to introduce children to opera.  Recordings include the world premier of James Hagerty’s The Peace Opera.

An avid recitalist, Mr. Singleton performed a lieder recital in 2002 at  a showing of the Dallas artist, Rufino Jiminez.  He also sang a concert of  sacred songs with the Dallas Brass ensemble at First Lane Baptist Church, as well as performing as soloist in a concert of Spanish Christmas Music at the Caramoor Festival.  From 2002-2003 Mr. Singleton performed the role of Floriville in the Metropolitan Opera Outreach production of Il Signor Bruschino.  In 2003 he performed the title role in an abridged version of  Faust with The Opera Company of Astoria.  In 2004 he was the tenor soloist in the Mozart Requiem and M. Vogelsang in a concert version of Mozart’s Opera Der Schauspieldirektor with the Astoria Symphony.  He performed the title role in George Quincy’s new comic opera The Mummy.  In 2005 Mr. Singleton was the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Hudson Symphony.   He was also the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Chorale Fantasy with the Astoria Symphony.  Most recently he sang the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme with Cantiamo Opera and Count Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera.  In 2007 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut singing in the chorus of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.  Most recently he sang Rodolfo in a concert version of La Boheme with the Crotan Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, and was a finalist in the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.   In 2008 Mr. Singleton will be a featured performer in Diamond Opera Theater’s recital series Art Song Deconstructed  where he will perform a recital of German lieder including Schumann’s Dichterliebe.  He is currently in the process of recording a CD of Sanskrit and Tamil chants and kirtans.  Mr. Singleton holds a B.M.  in voice from Northwestern University and an M.M. from Mannes College of Music.