Jamez McCorkle

Tenor

An innate musician and trained pianist, American tenor Jamez McCorkle made headlines after his critically acclaimed appearance in the title role of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Omar which premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 202 2 and was subsequently presented at LA Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Carolina Performing Arts Center.

This season, Omar premieres at the San Francisco Opera with McCorkle in the title role, making his company debut. He then sings his first Bacchus in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and his first Laca in in Robert Carsen’s production of Jenůfa at Vlaamse Opera. On the concert platform he performs Handel Messiah at the US Naval Academy, sings Froh Das Rheingold with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi and performance Das Lied von der Erde with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include his hailed return to Spoleto Festival for an innovative staged production of Schumann’s Dichterliebe where he performed the famous song cycle accompanying himself at the piano; Duke of Cornwall Lear at the Bayerische Staatsoper; his house and role debut as Telemaco in a new production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Theatre Basel; Peter the Honeyman in the hugely acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera; Leonard Woolfe in Kevin Puts’ new opera The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; performances of Britten War Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Tamino Die Zauberflöte with Kentucky Opera; Lensky Eugene Onegin with Michigan Opera Theatre and at the Spoleto Festival, where he also sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McCorkle is an alumnus of the Mannes College, The New School for Music and Loyola University, New Orleans. He was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zurich and took part in the Young Artist Program of the Salzburg Festival in 2017. McCorkle was a finalist in the coveted Neue Stimmen competition in 2019 and is a winner of several awards and competitions including the George London Competition, Sullivan Foundation, Brava! Opera Competition, National Opera Association Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Gulf Coast Region.

Performances

JUNE 30 2024

Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen

Gent, Belgium

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JULY 3 2024

Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen

Gent, Belgium

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JULY 5 2024

Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen

Gent, Belgium

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JULY 7 2024

Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen

Gent, Belgium

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JULY 9 2024

Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen

Gent, Belgium

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Performances

JUNE 30 2024Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen Gent, BelgiumBuy Tickets
JULY 3 2024Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen Gent, BelgiumBuy Tickets
JULY 5 2024Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen Gent, BelgiumBuy Tickets
JULY 7 2024Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen Gent, BelgiumBuy Tickets
JULY 9 2024Laca, Jenufa; Opera Vlaanderen Gent, BelgiumBuy Tickets
AUGUST 29 2024Das Lied von der Erde; DR Symphony OrchestraCopenhagen, DenmarkBuy Tickets
AUGUST 30 2024Das Lied von der Erde; DR Symphony OrchestraCopenhagen, DenmarkBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 25 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 27 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 29 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 31 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 2 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 4 2024Florestan, Fidelio; Washington National OperaDC 20566, United StatesBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 13 2024Liszt Faust Symphony; NHK Symphony OrchestraTokyo, JapanBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 14 2024Liszt Faust Symphony; NHK Symphony OrchestraTokyo, JapanBuy Tickets
JANUARY 26 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
JANUARY 29 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 5 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 8 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 13 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 16 2025Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos; Staatsoper HamburgHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
MARCH 1 2025Beethoven Symphony 9; St Louis Symphony OrchestraSt. Louis, MO, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 2 2025Beethoven Symphony 9; St Louis Symphony OrchestraSt. Louis, MO, United StatesBuy Tickets
JULY 26 2025Siegmund, Die Walküre; Santa Fe OperaSanta Fe, NM, United StatesBuy Tickets
JULY 30 2025Siegmund, Die Walküre; Santa Fe OperaSanta Fe, NM, United StatesBuy Tickets
AUGUST 8 2025Siegmund, Die Walküre; Santa Fe OperaSanta Fe, NM, United StatesBuy Tickets
AUGUST 13 2025Siegmund, Die Walküre; Santa Fe OperaSanta Fe, NM, United StatesBuy Tickets
AUGUST 21 2025Siegmund, Die Walküre; Santa Fe OperaSanta Fe, NM, United StatesBuy Tickets

Press

Lensky, was played by New Orleans native Jamez McCorkle, who is someone for opera fans to follow closely. His tenor voice is substantial, expressive and flexible. It was on full display in the excruciatingly beautiful farewell aria he sings before the duel. He can go from loud to soft, even high in his range, seamlessly. McCorkle has made this role his own.

The Post and Courier

Every Spoleto season seems to yield at least one remarkable discovery, and American tenor Jamez McCorkle’s Lenski had the audience abuzz at intermission. McCorkle went into the Curtis Institute of Music five years ago as a baritone and has come out as a tenor with a supple, emotive voice that rings at the top but carries at the bottom, even in softer passages. His rendition of “Kuda, kuda,” an aria that is easy to overplay, sounded for once like the interior monologue of a lost soul and not a cry of despair to the universe.

Opera News

But the singer I most want to hear again is Jamez McCorkle, here as Ruggero, whose voice encompassed the grander Puccini moments but also delivered a level of intimacy that one doesn’t often hear in this repertoire.

Philadelphia Inquirer

A miraculous voice with abundant body but no apparent weight, McCorkle’s tenor was technically flawless and consistently gorgeous throughout his range.

Opera News

McCorkle, who originated the role of Omar at the opera’s premiere this year at Spoleto Festival USA, has a tenor that vibrates with somber glory. Even when the libretto feels skeletal, McCorkle supplies an emotional heft. The meditative sincerity of the performance left me with my head bowed.

LA Times

McCorkle delivered delicate lyricism in prayer and steely power in adversity

The New York Times

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