Theo Lebow

Tenor

 

Theo Lebow

Tenor

 

Currently based at Frankfurt Opera and with an active career in both North America and Europe,

THEO LEBOW continues to solidify his reputation as one of the finest young lyric tenors on  international stages.  His performances reveal exceptional intelligence and musical understanding along with dramatic skill, to complement his technical finesse and beautiful sound.  These qualities have enabled him to build a remarkably diverse repertoire from Baroque to contemporary.

A Los Angeles native, now in his second season as a member of the ensemble at Frankfurt Opera, Theo’s experience there has ranged from Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, to the taxing tenor role of Massimo in Gluck’s Ezio (“Theo Lebow is a find as Massimo…his voice has the sound of an heroic Italianate tenor but on a smaller scale well-suited to Baroque opera…” Stage Door) 

After singing Ozia in a recent new production of Mozart’s Betulia liberata, reviews were rapturous:  “Theo Lebow sings his entrance aria, a bravura piece marked by bold coloratura, with astounding verve and confidence” (Frankfurter Rundschau)  “Theo Lebow mastered the challenging tenor part of Ozia with radiant heights and great agility in the runs” (Online Music Magazine)  “The young American singer Theo Lebow conquered this role, one that also requires an actor’s gift, with flying colors.  Immediately, in his very first aria, he moves effortlessly into coloratura heights.”  (Feuilleton Frankfurt)

 

In 2017-18, Frankfurt will hear his Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Squeak in Billy Budd, An Old Prisoner in Janácek’s From the House of the Dead, as well as Carlo in the Frankfurt première of Manfred Trojahn’s Enrico, and Krell in the world première of Arnulf Herrmann’s Der Mieter (The Tenant).  Theo’s repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary, already embraces some 20 roles in operas, and he has sung in six languages.

Recent engagements have included Jupiter / Apollo in Handel’s Semele at Seattle Opera;  Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the première of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera “27″  alongside Stephanie Blythe and Elizabeth Futral for Opera Theatre of St. Louis (also on CD from Albany Records); Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Shippensburg Festival in Pennsylvania;

Mr. Porcupine in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox for both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera in Boston; and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at Opera Hamilton — his Canadian debut – where he was hailed for his “plangent tenor with a sweet timbre” (La Scena Musicale, Montréal).

Theo won early recognition from Santa Fe Opera when he received the Richard Tucker Foundation Award after becoming part of its young artists’ program and he was invited to participate successively in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Summer Program, and Seattle Opera’s young artist program.

In recital, Theo’s performances are marked by musical eloquence and powerful communication of text, wedded to vocal beauty.  He has sung in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; given a  Schwabacher Debut recital in San Francisco; performed recital programs with the New York Festival of Song at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, as well as in Caramoor and New York City; and participated in a Schubert and His World recital of vocal chamber music at the Bard Music Festival in New York.

Theo’s concert engagements have featured multiple appearances on Carnegie Hall’s main stage, often as soloist Handel’s Messiah.   On the same stage, he has sung the tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) and excerpts from Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside soprano Jennifer Zetlan.

Theo also had the rare opportunity to sing with Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe and Angela Meade at the Richard Tucker Gala in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2011. 

Outside of Canada, Theo Lebow is managed by Ken Benson Artists in New York.(www.kenbensonartists.com)

September 2017

 

OPERA

Donizetti Ernesto DON PASQUALE
  Nemorino L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Gordon, Ricky Ian Picasso/Fitzgerald 27
Handel Jupiter/Apollo SEMELE
Mozart Ferrando COSÌ FAN TUTTE
  Belmonte DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
  Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI
  Contino Belfiore LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
  Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Picker, Tobias Mr. Porcupine FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Poulenc Chevalier de la force/L’Aumônier DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Rossini Il Conte Almaviva IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Strauss, J. Alfred DIE FLEDERMAUS
Verdi Fenton FALSTAFF
  Alfredo LA TRAVIATA

ORATORIO

Bach BWV 211 (Coffee)
  Ich Armer Mensch
  Johannes Passion (Evangelist)
  Mass in B Minor
Berlioz Grand Messe des Morts
Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer
Handel Messiah
Haydn Ode to St. Cecilia
Monteverdi Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Narrator)
Mendelssohn Lobesgesang
  Psalm
Mozart Requiem

 

“Lebow’s tenor is focused and capable of the sort of elaborate melismas required by the cante flamenco, as evidenced in Abril’s “Zorongo.” But the full range of his musicianship was perhaps best shown in four of the Lorca songs written by William Bolcom for Placido Domingo.”  [New York Festival of Song]   
Washington Post, Patrick Rucker

“And for any lieder aficionados offended by hearing Wolf performed in Spanish, too bad, Mr. Blier said, joking, before the tenor Theo Lebow’s sensitive rendition of “Qué producirá mi Dios””  [New York Festival of Song] 
New York Times, Vivian Schweitzer

“Their counterparts in Sunday’s alternate cast,… and Theo Lebow, proved every bit their equal, displaying tonal beauty and vocal alacrity (Lebow’s virtuoso passagework was particularly commendable).”  [Seattle Opera, Semele] 
Seattle Times, Melissa Bargreen

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