Norman Shankle, tenor
American Tenor Norman Shankle is currently enjoying worldwide acclaim for his portrayals of Mozart’s most famous tenors. The Boston Globe called Shankle “a real find, a singer of elegance, grace and conviction,” and the San Francisco Chronicle praised him equally as “clearly a singer to watch.” This season, Shankle performs the role of Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Opera Memphis, performs as a soloist in a concert with Opera Delaware and sings Händel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and National Philharmonic, where he also sings Ferrando in a concert performance of Così fan tutte. Shankle will also reprise the role of Elder Barber/Gus Greenlee in The Summer King, a new opera that explores the life of Josh Gibson, “one of the greatest Negro League baseball players,” with Michigan Opera Theatre.
Last season’s engagements include the role of Nick in La fanciulla del West with Opera Colorado; a return to Phoenix Symphony for Händel’s Messiah; Elder Barber/Gus Greenlee in The Summer King and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Piedmont Opera. Additional recent performances include joining The Metropolitan Opera as the Quartet Tenor and to cover the role of Demetrius in The Enchanted Island as well as for their production of Parsifal; Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New Orleans Opera, the Orlando Philharmonic, English National Opera, and with Dresden Semperoper; Nick in La fanciullla del West with Opera Omaha; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Saratoga; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theater; Prunier in La rondine with Skylark Opera; Ramiro in La Cenerentola with the Green Mountain Opera Festival; a concert of arias and duets at the Kennedy Center; Messiah with Pacific Symphony and Phoenix Symphony, where he also performed Händel’s Nelsonmesse; and Mozart’s Requiem with the City Choir of Washington.
Previous successes include the title role in Idomeneo and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Opera Festival at Verona, and Reggio Emilia; Ferrando in Così fan tutte with the Netherlands Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids; Belfiore in La finta giardiniera with Opernhaus Zurich; Gomatz in Zaide with Vienna Festwochen and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Renaud in Gluck’s Armide with the Komische Oper Berlin; Ernesto in Don Pasquale in his Dallas Opera début and with Le Grand Théâtre de Genève; Cassio in Otello with Palm Beach Opera; Admete in Alceste with Opera Boston; and Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Haydn Festival.
Norman’s vast international concert experience includes Carlo in Rossini’s Armida and Laios in Oedipe at the Edinburgh International Festival; Händel’s Saul conducted by René Jacobs at Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels; Tito in La clemenza di Tito with the Münchener Kammerorchester in Amsterdam; and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings with the International Bach Akademie. US symphonic engagements include Messiah with the Cincinnati Symphony and Houston Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s War Requiem with the San Francisco Choral Society; as well as appearances with the Essen Philharmonic, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Norman began his career with the San Francisco Opera (SFO) in the Merola Opera Program and as an Adler Fellow. He officially made his company début as Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and subsequently appeared in SFO’s productions of Tristan und Isolde, Don Carlo, Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, Louise, Lucia di Lammermoor, Idomeneo, and Don Giovanni. Norman was selected as a winner of the distinguished ARIA award. Other awards include a Richard Tucker Career Grant, and the McAllister Award.