J. Raymond Meyers
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.
Highlights from seasons past include the 2001-2002 season marking the tenor’s first affiliation with the San Francisco Opera covering Goro in Madama Butterfly, Remendado in Carmen and Bardolfo in Falstaff. Then in 2003, he made his debut with Portland Opera as Tony in the West Coast Premiere of William Bolcolm’s A View from the Bridge. The 2004-2005 season provided the opportunity to work with Opera San Jose, continuing his long standing relationship with the company where he first started singing the character roles which would shape his early career. He was pleased to sing one of his signature roles, Alfred in Die Fledermaus as well as Giles Corey in The Crucible. During the 2006 summer season the tenor made his Prague debut singing the Requiem Mass of Czech composer F. Hidas. He then returned to the U.S. for his debut at Opera Grand Rapids as Goro in Madama Butterfly.
Other past projects include Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar with Opera Parallèle, Mozart and Haydn with the Modesto Symphony, and Carmina Burana with San Mateo Masterworks Chorale and Santa Clara Chorale. He returned to Pocket Opera for his debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and made his debut at Sonoma City Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He was tenor soloist in San Francisco Ballet’s West Side Story Suite, sang Carmina Burana with Ballet San Jose in Shanghai, China, and sang Rodolfo in La Boheme at Pocket Opera in San Francisco. He returned to Sonoma City Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and made his debut at Toledo Opera for Borsa in Rigoletto.
On the concert stage, the tenor is well known for his portrayal of the roasting swan in Carmina Burana. Whether as a “roasting swan” or as guest soloist, he
has appeared with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, New West, Napa Valley, Modesto, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Diablo Valley, Redwood, Santa Cruz and Monterey symphonies.
Mr. Meyers made his Motion Picture debut in 2009 portraying an opera singer in the movie, "Milk" starring Sean Penn and directed by Gus van Sant. The movie won acadamy awards for best original screen play(Dustin Lance Black)and the Best Actor Oscar went to Sean Penn.
Joe's recent review from the Napa Valley Register;
“J. Raymond Meyers demonstrated a confident charisma in the role of Pinkerton, U.S. Navy officer and husband to Butterfly, and his beautiful tenor voice was engaging and sincere.”
Joe's most recent review from the Sonoma Index Tribune for his portrayal of Ernesto in Don Pasquale;
"Tender tenor J. Raymond Meyers was perfect for the role of the lover and most obedient nephew. His innocent enthusiasm, trust in true love and his beautiful voice were all tailor-made for this role. We loved his suave, debonair air and enjoyed his arias most of all; a memorable tenor, his songs echo in the mind".
Joe's recent Lasplash.com review:
"J. Raymond Meyers has a magnificent tenor voice and was a great fit as Hoffmann".
Please contact Mr. Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org
HONNEGER'S KING DAVID WITH SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL SOCIETY
THIS WEEKEND APRIL 23,24-SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8PM AND SUNDAY AT 4PM. A WONDERFUL PIECE OF MUSIC. SINGING WITH ME WILL BE WENDY HILLHOUSE, EMILY SINCLAIR AND YOUNG TREBLE SOLOIST, SEBASTIEN COMBES. PERFORMANCES AT FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO BETWEEN GEARY AND O'FARREL ON FRANKLIN. BUY TICS AT THE DOOR.
CARMINA BURANA WITH YOUNG PEOPLE'S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-APRIL 30, MAY 1.
PLEASE JOIN ME FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST POPULAR WORKS EVER WRITTEN. THIS IS A WORK I HAVE SUNG AT LEAST A DOZEN TIMES WITH MANY DIFFERENT SYMPHONIES. AND IT NEVER GETS OLD. IT IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING, MOVING PIECES YOU WILL EVER HEAR. JOINING ME WILL BE THE HIGH FLYING SOPRANO SHAWNETTE SULKER AND ROBUST BARITONE, ZACHARY GORDON.
I PAGLIACCI AT POCKET OPERA- MAY 15 AND 22-
SO POPULAR FROM LAST SEASON...THEY BROUGHT IT BACK!!! COME SEE ME PORTRAY THE LEADER OF THE CIRCUS TROUP, CANIO: ONE OF THE GREAT SINGING/ACTOR ROLES OF THE LYRIC STAGE-PLUS, ALONG WITH A STELLAR CAST OF POCKET OPERA FAVS, JONATHAN SMUCKER(a lovely tenor and great friend!) IS JOINING THE CAST AS BEPPE! THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE TRAVELING CIRCUS TROUPE WHO ISN'T COMPLETELY NUTS!!!!!! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
Please join me for a MASTERCLASS SERIES I am starting-focusing on audition preparation, stage movement and dramatic interpretation.
Saturday Afternoon- April 16th and June 4th from 1 pm-5:15 pm for aspiring and adult and, or professional opera and musical
theater singers wishing to hone their skills. (SF location tbd)
Sunday Afternoon- April 17th and June 5th from 2 pm-6:15 pm focused on young musical theater singers. age 14 and up.
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$110 per singer per class--6 singers max +15 minute break.
--fee includes pianist.
Parents, teachers, guests and auditors are welcome to attend at no charge.
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