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Saturday, 7 February 2015

American Dramatic Tenor Issachah Savage Makes Canadian Debut in COC Die Walkure

American tenor Issachah Savage to debut as Siegmund in COC Die Walkure 

Joseph So

February 7th 2015

Tenor Issachah Savage (Photo: Kristen Hoeberman)

It was just announced at noon today by the Canadian Opera Company that due to illness of American tenor Clifton Forbis, the regularly scheduled Siegmund in the current revival of Die Walkure at the Canadian Opera Company, the role will be sung this evening by his cover, fellow American dramatic tenor Issachah Savage.

Mr. Savage is the winner of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition. He was awarded the Main Prize, Audience Favorite Prize, Orchestra Favorite Prize, and a special honour by Speight Jenkins, the outgoing General Director of Seattle Opera. In 2012, Savage was the Grand Prize winner of the Marcello Giordani International Competition.

Savage is slated to make his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Ernani next month, in a series of performances to be conducted by James Levine. Future engagements this season include his debut with the Orchestre national de Bordeaux-Aquitaine in Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony in Verdi Requiem, and the Seattle Youth Symphony in Das Lied von der Erde.

In the 2013-14 season, Savage made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Radames opposite Liudmyla Monastyrska (Aida) and Dolora Zajick (Amneris).  Savage  has participated in a number of young artists programs, including that of the Emerging Singers Program of the late Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart, and Dolora Zajick's Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. His youthful dramatic tenor has been widely praised, and you can hear three samples of it, in Mein lieber Schwann from Lohengrin, Parsifal's final scene, and a Spiritual - on his website.  

Here is a link to that page

Issachah Savage with his mentor, mezzo Dolora Zajick, after the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices Concert (Photo courtesy of Issachah Savage)

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