J. Raymond Meyers, a.k.a. ”Joe” is a highly sought after West Coast tenor with projects ranging from Verdi to Weill with many other stops along the way. Over the past five years, he’s turned his attention to the leading roles of the lyric stage. The Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci and Alfred in Die Fledermaus are just of a few of the roles for which he is becoming known.
Within the confines of the classical music business, the tenor has been involved in so many different productions in so many different capacities as a singer that to say, ”Lyric Tenor” really only captures where he is and doesn’t reflect on where he has been and some of the roles which have defined him as an actor/singer in the opera world. Goro in Madama Butterfly, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Remendado in Carmen, the Four Macabre’s in The Tales of Hoffmann, and other character roles along the same lines were his first steps into the singing business and at this point in his career these roles still compromise a part of his work load, but as someone once said, “the voice cannot be denied” so instead of being referred to as an “Actor-Singer”, he prefers the reverse of “Singing-Actor” to illustrate his place in the opera business.
He’s been a frequent performer with many of America’s premiere opera companies, including leading and supporting roles with San Francisco Opera, Anchorage Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Tampa, Opera Grand Rapids, Rogue Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, Stockton Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, Apollo Performing Arts, Mendocino Music Festival, Pacific Repertory Opera, Festival Opera, Opera Parallèle, West Edge Opera, Pocket Opera and many others.
Home Base: San Francisco
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