Jay Hunter Morris Tenor
About Jay Hunter MorrisAmerican tenor Jay Hunter Morris sang the role of Tristan in North Carolina Opera’s concert performance of Act II of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. His 2016-17 appearances included in revival performances of one of his greatest roles: Captain Ahab Moby-Dick at Dallas Opera where this highly successful Jake Heggie opera originated. He joined San Francisco Symphony for the part of Lazarus in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary and repeated the part with St Louis Symphony at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He appeared in China as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde at NCPA in Beijing under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and also sang the role at Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Brasil. Later this season he returns to the Atlanta Opera as Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and the Metropolitan Opera as Aegisth in Elektra.
Recent highlights include his appearance at Los Angeles Opera as Captain Ahab Moby-Dick, also at San Francisco Opera, State Opera of South Australia (for the Adelaide Festival), and at San Diego Opera. At Opera Philadelphia he revived the role of Teague in Cold Mountain in which he previously had great success in its world premiere at Santa Fe Opera. He traveled to Warsaw to appear in the title role of a new production of Tristan und Isolde by Mariusz Trelinsky at Polish National Opera, a role he sang in the past in Valencia with Zubin Mehta. Glimmerglass Festival honored the artist as its 2016 Artist In Residence and he also appeared as Judge Danforth The Crucible.
Mr. Morris embarked on his Ring career when he covered Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at Seattle Opera in 2009, and again the following season in addition to the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre during Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Cycle in 2010. In 2011, he made his debut in the title role of Siegfried at San Francisco Opera under the baton of Donald Runnicles. He appeared at The Metropolitan Opera as Siegfried in the complete new Ring Cycle by Robert Lepage in 2011, which was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide and is still on the current playlist in the US on PBS. The production was revived for further performances in 2012 and won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in February 2013.
A contemporary opera veteran of great renown, Mr. Morris has created many roles in world premieres, including Captain James Nolan in Doctor Atomic at San Francisco Opera and the Netherlands Opera; the role of Marky in Cronenburg’s The Fly (Howard Shore) at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and at Los Angeles Opera (under the baton of Placido Domingo); the role of Unferth in Elliott Goldenthal and Julie Taymor’s Grendel, at LA Opera and at Lincoln Center Festival. Also at San Francisco Opera, he sang Father Grenville in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Mitch in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Frere Elie in the American premiere of Messiaen’s St. François d’Assise.