Vocalist - Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Zachary Altman has been celebrated for his “beautiful, authoritative vocalism” (L’Ape Musicale). Highlights of Mr. Altman’s 2019-20 season are Leandro in The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Malmö Opera. In the summer of 2020, Mr. Altman makes his debut with the Grant Park Music Festival as soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Altman sang the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Philadelphia, and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with Royal Danish Opera. In the 2017-18 season, he debuted with Teatro Massimo di Palermo as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Opéra de Lyon as Tschao in Zemlinsky's Der Kreidekreis, and with Teatro La Fenice as Lovell in Richard III; and returned to Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to sing Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, conducted by James Conlon.

Mr. Altman’s recent engagements include his debut with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as the Athlet/Tierbändiger in Lulu, roles he previously performed with West Edge Opera; a reprise of Athlet/Tierbändiger, and filling in on 24 hours' notice as Dritte Schäfer in Daphne with Hamburgische Staatsoper; Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with performances in Brescia, Cremona, Pavia, Como, and Reggia Emilia; Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; and Il Mandarino in Turandot with Pacific Symphony.

Mr. Altman has sung under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Nimming Ned in The Beggar’s Opera at the Castleton Festival, and with Bramwell Tovey as Augustus and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide with Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other opera highlights include Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Schlemil/Hermann in Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Montano in Otello with Theater Basel; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ford in Falstaff, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi with Opera San Jose; Vaudemont in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival; John Proctor in The Crucible, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Chautauqua Institute; Orientale and Baden Baden 1927 with Gotham Chamber Opera; and the world premiere of Simon Sargon's Out of the Depths, a piece expressly written for Mr. Altman, with Voices of Change in Dallas.

Mr. Altman has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where his performance as Joe Harland in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening can be heard on Albany Records.


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