Wesley Morgan, tenor
“Fresh voiced young tenor” (parterre.com) Wesley Morgan has been praised by conductors, stage directors and audiences for his “ringing tenor” and “gift for suave phrasing” (Greenville News). Of Wesley’s Opera in the Heights debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, BroadwayWorld.com said “Wesley Morgan’s polished tenor instrument is put to great use with this score.” Wesley reprised the role of Edgardo at the Belleayre Music Festival in the Catskills. After a New York City debut with Teatro Grattacielo on a gala concert featuring Aprile Milo, Wesley returned the following season as Alexis in Siberia. Opera News said of his performance “Wesley Morgan’s clear tenor made one wish Giordano had given Alexis more to sing.”
Last season Wesley returned to St. Petersburg Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and to GLOW Lyric Theatre as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (“a mellifluous tenor but one with ample power for the score’s more dramatic moments — such as the interpolated high C at the end of Act III” -Greenville News), and made his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra singing Rodolfo in the Act I finale of La Bohéme.
This season Wesley returned to Vashon Opera as L’Aumonier in Dialogues des Carmélites, made his Tacoma Symphony debut as soloist in Messiah, returned to the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Florida as Beppe in I Pagliacci, debuted with the Symphony of the Mountains in Tennessee as tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem, sang the title role in Massenet’s Werther for Temple Opera Theatre in Philadelphia, and is thrilled to be returning to both the New Jersey Choral Society as soloist for the Monteverdi Vespers, and to Asheville Lyric Opera as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore.
Mr. Morgan made his international debut as the tenor soloist in Messiah for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. As Gastone in La Traviata for Atlanta Opera, Opera News described him as “a natural comedian.” As an Atlanta Opera Studio Artist he starred in the company’s touring shows as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, and appeared on the mainstage as Mayor in Cold Sassy Tree, and 1st Priest in Die Zauberflöte. Wesley is an alumni of St. Petersburg Opera’s Emerging Artist program in which he sang Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. Other roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Ash Lawn Opera, family matinee), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Capitol City Opera), Nanki Poo in The Mikado (Atlanta Lyric Theatre, GLOW Lyric Theatre), The Son in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Vespertine Opera Theatre), Rodolfo in La Bohéme (El Paso Opera), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (El Paso Opera, Vashon Opera) and Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Asheville Lyric Opera).
Recent and upcoming concert engagements include the Albany Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Choral Society (Schubert Mass in Eb), Savannah Philharmonic, the Helena Symphony Orchestra (St. Matthew’s Passion), the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem), and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.