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 made role debut as Énée in Les Troyens with San Francisco Opera as well as debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Heinrich in Tannhäuser and Tulsa Opera for Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Later this summer, he joins the Cleveland Orchestra in New York for its tour of Daphne. Future engagements include his debut with Virginia Opera as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, a return to San Francisco Opera for Augustin Moser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and a debut with Austin Lyric Opera reprising his acclaimed portrayal of Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Last season, he sang Sir Edgar Aubry in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera, returned 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 joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Rusalka and, on the concert stage, returned to the American Symphony Orchestra for Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 as well as joined the Back Bay Chorale in Boston for excepts of Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
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, and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with Los Angeles Opera and Hungarian National 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, Aegisth in Elektra with Des Moines Metro 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.
Photo Credit: Kenneth Dolin
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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)