Branch Fields returns to OSJ to appear as William Dale in Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night. Mr. Fields previously appeared as Méphistophélès in the company’s 2011-12 production of Gounod’s Faust and Sparafucile in the company’s 2001 production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Recent engagements for Mr. Fields include the role of Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera in Williamsburg , the 2nd Soldier in Strauss’ Salome for Virginia Opera, Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Anchorage Opera, Father Truelove (Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress) with Utah Opera, a reprise of Raimondo at Opera Fort Collin’s production of Lucia, and Emile de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific for Virginia Repertory Theater for which he was nominated for a 2015 RTCC Artsie Award in the “Best Actor in a Musical.”
On the concert stage, he was asked to be the guest artist for the Williamsburg Community Chapel Christmas Concerts, attended by 8000 people, and performed the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah at the Williamsburg UMC and at the Sandler Center with Symphonicity. In 2015, he performed the Mozart Requiem with Symphonicity, and Verdi’s Requiem in Ft. Meyers, Florida with the Gulf Coast Symphony.
After completing an undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, Mr. Fields won the Cole and Kate Porter Memorial Scholarship to attend music school at Indiana University where he studied with Giorgio Tozzi. Upon graduation with a Master’s degree, he was granted a coveted spot at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, a full scholarship institution. He received grants to summer opera programs in Italy in Chiari, Lucca and Rome.
Awards and accolades received include being named the 1999 winner of the Anna Maria Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Competition, second place in the NJAPA Vocal Competition (2000) and fourth place (tie) in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition (2000).
For additional information, please visit Mr. Field’s website.