Bass Baritone Donovan Singletary, who recently finished the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and was the youngest male to ever join the program, was praised by Opera News for his “light, bright baritone,” most recently joined The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Tosca, La Boheme, and The Enchanted Island, and The Seattle Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto. Upcoming engagements include a return to The Metropolitan Opera roster for The Tales of Hoffman.
During the 2012 - 2013 season he joined The Metropolitan Opera’s roster for Giulio Cesare and Un Ballo in Maschera and joined Kentucky Opera as Leporello for performances of Don Giovanni where “in a role that requires both humor and empathy, Singletary gracefully pulls off both. His aria, "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" is both wry and sympathetic.” (Louisville.com)
Recent seasons are highlighted by performances with The Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Macbeth, Salome, Don Carlo, Pelleas & Melisande, and The Bartered Bride, as well as performances of Zuniga in Carmen with Seattle Opera, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Fort Worth Opera where he was praised for his “comic timing and strong vocal presence.” (D Magazine) He joined Aspen Opera Theater as the title role in Don Giovanni, 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) Recent concert engagements include performances with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, the Latvian National Opera, the Orchestra Lamourez in Paris, and The Metropolitan Opera for their “Summer in the Parks” concert series. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in Mark Hayes’ Te Deum and returned there to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Haydn’s Paukenmesse. In addition, he traveled to Vienna as a representative for the George London Foundation.
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 male to ever win the competition, and won the Met's then-General Director, Joseph Volpe Award. He was the 2011 Sullivan Foundation Major Grand Winnter 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.
Donovan is also a Certified Personal Trainer and a health and fitness enthusiast with more than 15 years of sports, fitness, and wellness experience under his belt. When he’s not performing, he enjoys helping others improve their lives through exercise, nutrition, knowledge, and motivation. Donovan received his NCCA-accredited personal training certification from the National Academy of Science and Medicine.
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