Michigan native Zachary Read continues to embark on a promising young career. A recent young artist at the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera (2014-2015), Zachary was seen as Morales in the mainstage production of Bizet’s Carmen, Ivan in Die Fledermaus, Jonas Fogg in Sweeny Todd, and Le Podestat in Le Docteur Miracle. His association with Vancouver Opera continued in 2015-2016 where he was heard as Marullo in Rigoletto. During these productions with the Vancouver Opera, Zachary covered the roles of Escamillio, Falke, and Anthony.
During the 2016-2017 season Zachary performed Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir/Vancouver Symphony, as well as with the Victoria Symphony. He looks forward to his role debut as Jeune Simon in Edmonton Opera’s upcoming production of Les Feluettes.
Zachary was a regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in both 2015 and 2016, and received an encouragement award in the 2016-17 auditions. He was also a semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition in 2015.
Zachary completed his Masters in Operatic Performance at the University of Toronto where he was the 2013-14 recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Fellowship in Opera. During his studies, he appeared as Sid in Albert Herring and Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Before his studies in Toronto, Mr. Read sang Guglielmo in the Accademia Europea dell’Opera production of Cosi fan tutte in Pistoia, Italy.
|Debussy||Pelléas||PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE|
|Donezetti||Malatesta Belcore||DON PASQUALE L’ELISIRE D’AMORE|
|Korngold||Fritz||DIE TOTE STATE|
|Mozart||Guglielmo||COSÌ FAN TUTTE|
|Rossini||Figaro||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Strauss, J.||Falke/Eisenstein||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
“In his debut as the younger Simon Doucet, baritone Zachary Read oozes fiery passion and sensuality as the man in the middle of the love triangle. His smooth, vibrant voice captures the essence of a young man struggling with his sexuality. Read shows incredible range for his character: vulnerable when he is beaten, hardened to his relationship with his father, distant to his relationship with Lydie-Anne de Rozier, and passionate when he accepts his truth.” [Les Feluettes, Edmonton Opera]
Schmopera – Oliver Munar
“…worth noting was Zachary Read’s Marullo, sung with aristocratic insouciance…” [Vancouver Opera, Rigoletto]
Bachtrack, Keving W. Ng
“Zachary Read made the most of Sid, perhaps the most sympathetic male character, with clear, accurate singing and a certain swagger.”
Opera Ramblings, John Gilks