“Turay appears headed for a major international career. The build is athletic and the bodily movements graceful...his singing, prepared with care and control, with appreciation and respect for the gift, is marked by taste, intelligence and musicianship, and, not least important, charisma. His 'Una furtiva lagrima' was a model of restraint, simplicity and dignity.”
~ Richard Spalding, Opera 1997 ~
~ Richard Spalding, Opera 1997 ~
BiographyAmerican tenor Gregory Turay is the recipient of several of classical music’s most coveted honors. Winner of the Richard Tucker Award, George London Foundation Award, ARIA award, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Turay was hailed early in his career by the London Times as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the US in recent years.”
A chronicle of international opera and concert engagements merit Mr. Turay’s critical acclaim: San Francisco Opera debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and return as Camille de Rossillon in The Merry Widow; European debut at the Welsh National Opera as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte; Deutsche Opera Berlin debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflote; Santa Fe Opera debut as Fenton in Der Rosenkavalier; Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Boston Lyric Opera; Nadir in Les Pecheurs de Perles, the title role in Orfeo and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Fenton, Palino in Il Matrimonio Segreto and Zeferino in Il Viaggio a Reims at Wolf Trap Opera Festival; debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi in Berlioz’s Te Deum; Handel’s Messiah with San Francisco Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra; Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Mostly Mozart Festival; Tanglewood Festival; Mozart’s Mass K 139 at the Salzburg Festival; Berlioz Requiem at the Edinburg Festival conducted by Don Runnicles; Nadir with the Washington Concert Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene; and Ravinia Festival “Rising Stars” concert. Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the age of 21 and alumnus of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Turay made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Bringhella in Ariadne auf Naxos and has returned for many engagements including Don Ottavio, Camille de Rossillon, Bringhella, and Ferrando.
Mr. Turay’s distinguished career is punctuated by his creation of the role Rodolpho in William Bolcom’s opera A View from the Bridge for the world premiere at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the ensuing recording of the original cast, numerous performances at the Metropolitan Opera, a televised gala honoring Seiji Ozawa of Haydn’s Creation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Levine, and Saito Kinen Festival debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. Most recently, he has been heard with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Act III of La Boheme under the baton of Robert Spano and with the Netherland Radio Orchestra for the rarely-performed Davide Penitente by Mozart.
An admired chamber recitalist, Mr. Turay has appeared under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in New York and Palm Springs; the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall under the auspices of Young Concert Artists; at the Edinburgh Festival; the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, D.C.; Wolf Trap; in recital throughout the Southeast United States; at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York, and a collaborative performance of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with pianists James Levine and Ken Noda in Weill Recital Hall, New York.
Other honors include the Richard Gaddes Award from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, first prize in both the D’Angelo Young Artists and Catherine E. Pope Competitions, and the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize. Mr. Turay is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He currently studies with Dr. Everett McCorvey.