Derek Taylor returns during the 2018-19 season, appearing as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Mr. Taylor made his OSJ debut as Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman during the 2017-18 season. During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Taylor will make his role debut as the title role in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. He returns to Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland for a role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, and joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Concert engagements include Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with Austin Lyric Opera, and Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Taylor returned to Oper Leipzig as Calaf in Turandot and made his role debut as Samson in Samson et Dalila with Virginia Opera, before singing the role in Vilnius, Lithuania, and joining the Vienna Staatsoper to cover Roberto Alagna in the part. Concert appearances included Verdi’s Messa da Requiem under the baton of Michael Francis with the Florida Orchestra, and Rodrigo in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Notable engagements of recent seasons include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his house debut with Oper Leipzig, Macduff in Macbeth with New Orleans Opera, a return to Theater und Konzert, St. Gallen for Cavaradossi in Tosca and Walter in Catalani’s Loreley, and a role debut as Calaf in Turandot with Virginia Opera. Among his numerous performances with Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland, Mr. Taylor appeared there as Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Zamoro in Verdi’s Alzira, Cavardossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Alfredo in La traviata, Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor, Il Duca in Rigoletto, and Don José in Carmen, among other leading roles.
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