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 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, Mr. Altman 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.

During the 2016-17 season, he made his official debut with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as the Athlet/Tierbändiger in Lulu, directed by William Kentridge and conducted by Alejo Perez, and performed the same roles in Lulu with Hamburgische Staatsoper in a new production by Christophe Marthaler. He also made his role debut as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with peformances in Brescia, Cremona, Pavia, Como, and Reggia Emilia. Mr. Altman's 2015-16 performances included a debut with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring; joining Teatro dell'Opera di Roma for Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Henze's The Bassarids; filling in on 24 hours' notice as Dritte Schäfer in Daphne with the Hamburgische Staatsoper; a debut with West Edge Opera in Berkeley, California as the Tierbändiger/Athlet in Lulu; and Il Mandarino in Turandot with Pacific Symphony.

Recent engagements 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 in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi with Opera San Jose; Orientale and Baden Baden 1927 with Gotham Chamber Opera; Vaudemont in Verdi's Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival; and Augustus and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide with Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Other career highlights include Nimming Ned in The Beggar’s Opera under the baton of Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival; John Proctor in The Crucible, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Chautauqua Institute; and the world premiere of Simon Sargon's Out of the Depths with Voices of Change in Dallas, TX, a piece expressly written for Mr. Altman.

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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