Keith Phares, Baritone
A noted interpreter of Mozart and bel canto repertoire as well as Benjamin Britten and many of today’s living composers, Keith Phares is regarded as one of his generation’s most versatile artists.
Opera News has hailed Keith Phares “as an authentic contemporary-American-opera divo” with “an impressive gallery of finely-drawn character portraits.” Highlights from the current season include Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players with Florentine Opera and live recording for Naxos, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Lexington Philharmonic, Carol of Words-Walt Whitman in Song in recital with Lyric Fest, and Dr. Ludwig Binswanger in the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Ellen West with Opera Saratoga.
In the 2017-18 season, he made debuts with L.A. Opera as Roderick Usher and Hiram Otis in Getty’s Usher House/Canterville Ghost, Chicago Opera Theater as Gasparo in Rita, Opera Omaha as Ford in Falstaff, and Opera Maine as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He returned to Florentine for Viva Opera! – a concert of opera highlights and recorded Gregory Spears’ critically-acclaimed Paul’s Case as the Father, which he sang in the premiere at UrbanArias and the PROTOYPE festival remount.
In the 2016-2017 season he sang Hurstwood in the premiere and live Naxos recording of Robert Aldridge’s Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera, Maximilian in Candide with New York City Opera, Elder Tull in the world premiere of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera, Albert in Werther with Manitoba Opera, and the American premiere of Philip Glass’ The Trial with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Recently, he appeared as Zurga in Les pêcheurs des perles and Marcello in La bohème with Seattle Opera, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat with Kentucky Opera, Carmina Burana with Madison Symphony, John Sorel in The Consul and Orin Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra with Florida Grand Opera, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with New Orleans Opera and Opera Saratoga, and Maximilian and the Captain in Candide with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Phares sang Charlie in the premiere and recording of Heggie’s Three Decembers opposite Frederica von Stade with Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera and the title role in the premiere and live, Grammy-winning recording of Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry with the Florentine Opera. He has appeared in leading roles with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and elsewhere.