Michigan native Zachary Read continues to impress audiences and critics in performances of a wide-ranging repertoire. A recent member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at the Vancouver Opera, 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 was featured in Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir/Vancouver Symphony, as well as with the Victoria Symphony. His 2017-2018 season began with the role debut of Jeune Simon in Edmonton Opera’s production of Les Feluettes, the Father in Hansel and Gretel with the Guelph Symphony and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for Opera on the James.
Zachary was a regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in both 2015 and 2016, and received an encouragement award in the 2017 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 and was a recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Fellowship in Opera. During his studies, he appeared as Sid in Albert Herring and Malatesta in Don Pasquale.
|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
‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ at Opera on the James
Baritone, Zachary Read sings the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera on the James. Performances run MAR 16 – 25, 2018. http://www.operaonthejames.org
‘Hansel & Gretel’ at the Guelph Symphony
Zachary Read sings the role of ‘The Father’ with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra in their premiere semi-staged production of Humperdinck ‘s Hansel and Gretel. Performance dates – FEB 11, 2018.
‘Les Feluettes / The Lillies’ at The Edmonton Opera
Baritone, Zachary Read appears as the lead role, Young Simon Doucet, in Edmonton Opera’s production of Bouchard’s new Canadian masterpiece, Les Feluettes. Performances run Oct 21 – 27, 2018 at the Jubliee Auditiorium.