Corey Bix (Phoebus), whose sturdy tenor immediately took on a correspondingly brighter coloration when Esmeralda appeared. Bix revealed an impressive range — a baritonal strength in his lower register, plus ringing, sweet-spot high notes in the love music.
Notre Dame, American Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall; Opera News
Opera News praises Corey Bix for his “clear sense of drama and self-possession, exhibiting sturdy, unwavering control, flinty resonance and confident high notes.” In the 2013-14 season, he sings Sir Edgar Aubry in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera, returns to the Glimmerglass Festival for Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos as well as to the roles of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera and the Fourth Jew in Salome with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and sings his first performances of Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera. He also joins the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Rusalka and, on the concert stage, returns to join the American Symphony Orchestra for Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 as well as the Back Bay Chorale in Boston for excepts of Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Future engagements include a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Heinrich in Tannhäuser as well as leading roles with Austin Lyric Opera and Tulsa Opera. Last season, he reprised the roles of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with Los Angeles Opera in performances conducted by James Conlon and Hungarian National Opera, and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Forth Worth Opera in addition to singing his first performances of Aegisth in Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera in his home state of Iowa and joining the roster of the Teatro alla Scala for its production of Lohengrin.
He made his European debut as the Prince in Rusalka with Greek National Opera and returned to the company later in the season for the title role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. He also sang his first performances of Matteo in Arabella at Theater St. Gallen; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Washington National Opera, Vienna Volksoper, and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Oper Graz; Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Theater Kiel; the title role of Flotow’s Alessandro Stradella with the Stadttheater Giesen; in addition to joining the Savonlinna Festival for its production of Lohengrin. In the United States, he has sung both Florestan in Fidelio and Lennie in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera, the First Senator in Die Gezeichneten while covering the role of Albiano under the baton of James Conlon at Los Angeles Opera. And joined San Francisco Opera for the Fourth Jew in Salome and Santa Fe Opera for the cover of Yonas in Saariaho’s Adriana Mater as well as performances of Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Second Jew in Salome, and further covers of the title role of Lucio Silla and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. His other recent performances include Don Jose in Carmen with the Aspen Opera Theater with Julius Rudel conducting as well as with the Glacier Symphony in Montana, Tamino in the workshop of the new family version of Die Zauberflöte with the Metropolitan Opera, and Sam in Susannah with New York Opera Projects.
At the Bard Music Festival, he sang excerpts of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in concert along with a recital of German song at the Bard Music Festival and joined the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. for a concert that included excerpts of Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Siegmund in Die Walküre. He joined the American Symphony Orchestra for Pharaoh in Dessau’s Hagadah shel Pessach and Pheobus de Chateuoers in Schmidt’s Notre Dame at Carnegie Hall, the Cathedral Choral Society for Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and Palm Beach Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. He presented a recital with soprano Lauren Flanigan under the auspices of the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library as well as solo programs for the Wagner Society of New York and at his alma mater of Simpson College.
Mr. Bix is the 2008 winner of the Robert Lauch Memorial Grant from the Wagner Society of New York and the 2007 winner of the George London/Kirsten Flagstad Award for a singer with potential for a Wagnerian career as well as the foundation’s prestigious Vienna Prize. Additionally, he has been a prizewinner in both the New England and Southeast regions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a former member of the apprentice programs of the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera and earned a Master of Music from New England Conservatory and his Bachelor of Music from Simpson College.
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Listen to Corey Bix sing:
Bacchus excerpt (Ariadne auf Naxos - Strauss) - with Marjorie Owens
♫ Bacchus Excerpts (Ariadne auf Naxos - Strauss).m4a
Gott, welch Dunkel hier (Fidelio - Beethoven)
♫ Gott, welch Dunkel hier (Fidelio - Beethoven).mp3
Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater (Die Walküre - Wagner)
♫ Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater (Die Walkure - Wagner.mp3
Watch Corey Bix sing:
Amme! Wachst du? (Die Frau ohne Schatten - R. Strauss)
Falke, Falke: Part 1 (Die Frau ohne Schatten - R. Strauss)
Falke, Falke: Part 2 (Die Frau ohne Schatten - R. Strauss)