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Roger Honeywell

  • Tenor

Biography

In the 2009/10 season Roger Honeywell was seen as Danilo in The Merry Widow with the Chicago Lyric Opera, and with Santa Fe Opera in Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize winning Life Is a Dream. Other performances of note included Don Jose in Carmen with the Pittsburgh Opera, and as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and also in Tan Dun’s critically acclaimed contemporary opera Tea, both with the Opera Philadelphia, and La Boheme with Opera Ontario.

In 2008/09 Mr. Honeywell reprised the role of Captain James Nolan in Doctor Atomic, this time for his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in a new production by Penny Woolcock.Other notable operatic appearances included Macduff in Macbeth with the Opéra de Montréal, his debut with the Fort Worth Opera as Don Jose in Carmen, and a world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter with the Santa Fe Opera. He also appeared in concert with the Baltimore Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem.

Recent career highlights include the role of James Nolan in Doctor Atomic with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, his role debut of Cavaradosi in Tosca with the Florida Grand Opera, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the American premier of Tan Dun’s Tea a mirror of Soul with Santa Fe Opera, and the World premier of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at the Minnesota Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera. He has also made role debuts of Erik in the Flying Dutchman for Utah Opera and Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Calgary to great critical acclaim, as well as Rodolfo in La Boheme for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West for the Glimmerglass Opera.

Other notable performances include the role of Laca in a new production of Jenufa by Jonathan Miller for the Glimmerglass Opera and a new production of Daphne in the role of Leukippos at the New York City Opera, Pinkerton in a new production of Madama Butterfly by Jun Kaneko for the Omaha Opera, and the World premier of Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. After a career as an actor in Canada working at many of the country’s foremost companies including 5 season with Shaw Festival and 5 seasons with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, Mr Honeywell joined the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist program where he was heard in the title role of Giulio Cesare by Antonio Sartario, and Narraboth in Salome. He then joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center where he sang the role of Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance with Elizabeth Futral.

He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre school in Toronto and has received numerous awards, among which are a Dora Mavor Moore award for his role of Arnaud de Tilh in The House of Martin Guerre, a Maureen Forrester Award and a Tyrone Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival.

In addition to his opera performances Mr. Honeywell has performed concert work with The Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.