Joseph Kaiser is recognized by audiences for his beauty of tone, intelligence of programming, and innate sense of style and elegance.
He is internationally acclaimed as one of the most gifted artists of his generation and enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert throughout North America and Europe.
2015-16 features four role debuts for the Canadian tenor: the title part of Peter Grimes in a new production by Christof Loy for Theater an der Wien conducted by Cornelius Meister; the title part of Oedipus Rex at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in a new production by Peter Sellars conducted by Esa- Pekka Salonen; the title role of Werther with Boston Lyric Opera; and Don José in a concert presentation of Carmen with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Return engagements are highlighted in performances of Arabella at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Alceste at the Wiener Staatsoper. Joseph Kaiser also appears with Charles Dutoit in performances of Berlioz Te Deum for an Australian debut with the Sydney Symphony.
During the past season, a vibrant calendar served the tenor a debut at the Opernhaus Zürich as Michel in a new production of Martinů’s Juliette directed by Artistic Director Andreas Homoki and led by General Music Director Fabio Luisi, a new production of Arabella at the Bayerische Staatsoper conducted by frequent collaborator Philippe Jordan, and Silent Night at Opéra de Montréal conducted by Michael Christie. On the concert stage, Mr. Kaiser sang Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado at Carnegie Hall and Mozart’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director Jaap Van Zweden.
Past highlights include performances at the Opéra National de Paris as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in a Willy Decker production conducted by Vasily Petrenko, as Flamand in Strauss’s Capriccio in a production by Robert Carsen and conducted by Music Director Philippe Jordan, and as Matteo in Strauss’s Arabella opposite Renée Fleming; at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Narraboth in a new Sir David McVicar production of Salome under Philippe Jordan’s baton (commercially available on DVD) and a return as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Sir Colin Davis; at the Wiener Staatsoper in Christof Loy’s Salome under Philippe Jordan’s baton (commercially available on DVD) and a return as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Sir Colin Davis; at the Wiener Staatsoper in Christof Loy’s production of Gluck’s Alceste; as well as at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Steva Burja in Jenůfa in the acclaimed Barbara Frey production conducted by Tomáš Hanus and as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni conducted by Constantinos Carydis.
Mr. Kaiser has bowed at the Metropolitan Opera in a diverse array of leading parts including the title role of Roméo et Juliette – opposite Anna Netrebko - under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and as Narraboth in Salome – opposite Karita Mattila – conducted by Patrick Summers and seen internationally on The Met: Live in HD experience. Additional performances include Capriccio – opposite Renée Fleming - in a production by John Cox under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by James Conlon, and Stephen Wadsworth’s masterful production of Rodelinda with Harry Bicket conducting.
Further North American performances include Walter in Weinberg’s The Passenger at Houston Grand Opera and Lincoln Center Festival conducted by Patrick Summers; Jonas in Saariaho’s Adriana Mater at the Santa Fe Opera in a production by Peter Sellars; and Pylades in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Canadian Opera Company in a production by Robert Carsen conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.
Additional opera credits of the artist’s dynamic diary include the title role of Messager’s Fortunio in a new production by Denis Podalydès at the Opéra Comique under the baton of Louis Langrée, Gluck’s Alceste at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in a new production by Christoph Loy conducted by Ivor Bolton, and new productions at the Salzburg Festival of Händel’s Theodora directed by Christoph Loy and conducted by Ivor Bolton as well as of Eugene Onegin directed by Andrea Breth and conducted by Daniel Barenboim (both Salzburg productions are commercially available on DVD).
Concert highlights include performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio – singing the role of Florestan – with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l'Harmonie on a European tour, Mozart’s Requiem with Ivor Bolton and the Wiener Symphoniker, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlioz’s Requiem under Marek Janowski with the combined forces of the Tonhalle- Orchester Zürich and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as well as with Donald Runnicles both with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Berlioz’s Te Deum with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, and Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in f minor conducted by Artistic Director Marek Janowski with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. The tenor has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink and the Boston 3 in f minor conducted by Artistic Director Marek Janowski with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. The tenor has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Music Director David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and with Matthew Halls leading the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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