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.” This season, he returns to San Francisco Opera for Augustin Moser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg following a triumphant, last-minute role debut as Énée in Les Troyens last season. He also joins Virginia Opera as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer and Austin Lyric Opera to reprise his acclaimed portrayal of Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Other engagements for the tenor in the 2014-15 season included his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Heinrich in Tannhäuser and previous performances of Of Mice and Men with Tulsa Opera. He also joined the Cleveland Orchestra in New York for its tour of Daphne.
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 Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Washington National Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Fort Worth Opera, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and The Glimmerglass Festival; Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with Los Angeles Opera, Hungarian National Opera, and Arizona Opera; 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 Teatro alla Scala and Savonlinna Festival for their productions of Lohengrin. He has sung both Florestan in Fidelio and Lennie in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera, Sir Edgar Aubry in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera, Aegisth in Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera. He sang 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. With Santa Fe Opera he covered Yonas in Saariaho’s Adriana Mater, the title role of Lucio Silla, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and sang Dr. Caius in Falstaff and the Second Jew in Salome. 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.
Mr. Bix joined the American Symphony Orchestra for Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3, Pharaoh in Dessau’s Hagadah shel Pessach, and Pheobus de Chateuoers in Schmidt’s Notre Dame, 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. At the Bard Music Festival, he sang excerpts of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in concert along with a recital of German and joined the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. for a concert that included excerpts of Siegmund in Die Walküre and Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He sang the Fourth Jew in concert performances of Salome with Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 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)