We are thrilled to be welcoming tenor Adrian Kramer to Opera San José as he makes his company debut with us next season. Adrian will be taking on roles including Don José in Carmen.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Adrian grew up in a musical family. “My parents met through singing and my sister is also a professional opera singer, while my brother plays several instruments. I have many cousins, aunts and uncles who are musically inclined. My family is very supportive of my career and got me started playing violin, piano and singing in choirs from a very young age.” Adrian pursued vocal studies at The Julliard School followed by The Curtis Institute of Music and now splits his time between New York City and Toronto.
When asked about his inspiring opera moment, Adrian recalls: “There are too many to list. I have never forgotten heading out to the wings from backstage to listen to the final moments of Santa Fe Opera’s Salome, in which I was singing the role of Second Nazarene. The drama and music of that last scene is amazing.”
As well as an Opera singer, Adrian is an enthusiastic painter and drawer. “My most absorbing hobby is my painting and drawing. I’m by no means a professional, but I am an avid hobbyist and greatly enjoy working on large scale, abstract works.” Adrian even got the wonderful opportunity of combining his passion for painting with his passion for singing. “I was fortunate enough to contribute to the design elements of Opera Omaha’s production of Phillip Glass’ Les enfants terribles, while also singing the role of Gerard. My work was presented at Omaha’s Union for Contemporary Art during the company’s festival last year.” Aside from painting and singing, Adrian also enjoys reading, songwriting and poetry.