Bass Baritone DONOVAN SINGLETARY, who recently finished the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, portrays Zuniga in Carmen with the Seattle Opera, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Fort Worth Opera, and joins The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Macbeth all during the 2011 - 12 season.
On the concert stage he performs with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, and the Latvian National Opera for a New Years Eve Gala as well as for a series of concerts. In addition, he travels to Vienna as a representative for the George London Foundation. Future performances include return engagements with the Fort Worth Opera and Seattle Opera, among others. During the 2010 - 11 season he was heard at The Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Don Carlo, Pelleas & Melisande, and The Bartered Bride, and made company debuts with the Fort Worth Opera as Achilla in Giulio Cesare and with the Seattle Opera as Jake in Porgy and Bess where he provided "a beautiful and powerful bass-baritone." (The Sun Break) Concert performances included The Metropolitan Opera's Summer in the Parks concert series. During the 2008 - 2009 season he made his company debut with The Metropolitan Opera singing the role of Second Nazarene in Salome, which was broadcast to movie theaters worldwide in HD. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mark Hayes' Te Deum, returned to Carnegie Hall to sing Fauré's Requiem and Haydn's Paukenmesse, and joined Aspen Opera Theater as the title role in Don Giovanni. Mr. Singletary made his professional debut in 2008 as Hermann in The Tales of Hoffman as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has performed as Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi at the Met, sung Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart's Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall, and performed in concerts with the Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. A native of Crestview, Florida, Mr. Singletary received his Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and pursued additional music studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Winner, where he was the youngest competitor, and won the Met's then-General Director, Joseph Volpe Award. He was the 2011 Sullivan Foundation Major Grant Winner and was awarded the 2011 Vienna Prize by the George London Foundation. He is also a top prize winner in several other competitions, including First Prize in the 2010 George London Foundation Competition, Second Prize in the 2010 Loren L. Zachary International Vocal Competition, First Prize in the 2009 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, First Prize in the 2009 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Second Prize in the 2009 Mario Lanza Vocal Competition, Second Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, First Prize in the Mt. Dora Festival Competition, First Prize in the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actors Competition, and he was awarded the Betty Allen Award from the Sullivan Foundation. He was also named the 2010 World Premiere Artist for the Negro Spiritual Foundation.