JUSTIN JOHN MONIZ
Hailed by the press as a “confident and compelling,” “convincing and memorable” performer with “a wonderful voice,” tenor Justin John Moniz has sung with many of the nation’s foremost festivals and companies including the New York Grand Opera, the Orchestra of Northern New York, the College Light Opera Company, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the Miami Bach Society. Most recently touted by the South Florida Classical Review as “a superb high tenor,” Mr. Moniz continues to garner the praise of critics, music professionals and audience members alike.
During the 2011 season, Mr. Moniz returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where he sang Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi under the baton of Christopher Crans followed by Nerone in Monteverd’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea alongside internationally acclaimed bass- baritone, Richard Zeller. Moniz then made his solo debut with the Miami Bach Society in their 2011-2012 season preview concert, Bach’s Prelude. He concluded the fall season with his Frost Opera Theater debut in Visions of Orpheus, which combined six unique operatic portraits featuring Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphee and selections of the works of Monteverdi and Philip Glass. Earning special recognition for his alluring performance and treatment of the Glass, “Moniz cut a sinister figure, his scenes with Eurydice’s throbbing with sexual tension,” writes Lawrence Budman of the South Florida Classical Review.
The 2012 season begins with the world premiere of Kievman’s Hamlet at SoBe Arts in Miami Beach where Mr. Moniz will sing the role of Horatio. Shortly thereafter, Moniz sings Basilio and Don Curzio in Frost Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. The season also includes concerts in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles featuring Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer in collaboration with artists from Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and beyond. Mr. Moniz joins the roster of Opera New Jersey this June as a member of the 2012 Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program.
Mr. Moniz holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Speech Communication from the Crane School of Music and the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is currently pursing a M.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music (studying under Dean Southern). His studies are aided by a full-tuition scholarship and graduate assistantship with the Frost Opera Theatre. For a full list of upcoming performances, please visit www.justinjohnmoniz.com.
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