Cast Bio – Keith Harris, Papageno

Praised for the distinctive warmth of his voice, clear diction, and exceptional musicianship, American baritone Keith Harris is captivating audiences in his performances on both operatic and concert stages. This season, he joins New York City Opera for their production of Angels in America, returns to The Metropolitan Opera for The Merry Widow, performs the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with St. Petersburg Opera, Albert in Werther with The Israeli Opera, and Le Bret in Cyrano with Opera Carolina.

Highlights of his North American engagements include productions of Faust, Werther, and Lulu with The Metropolitan Opera; the role of Valentin in Faust with Toledo Opera and Annapolis Opera; the début of the role Sir Plume in the world première of The Rape of the Lock at New York Opera Fest; the role of Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Tampa; the role of Albert in Werther with Mobile Opera; and the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Dandini in La Cenerentola with Bar Harbor Music Festival.

Noted roles in Mr. Harris’ repertoire also include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Athanaël in Thaïs. Internationally, he performed the role of Journalist in Lulu at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and often performs many roles with The Festival lyrique international de Belle-Île en Mer in France, including Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Iago in Otello, Ford in Falstaff, and, most recently, Tonio in Pagliacci.

Maestro Sforzini is happy to welcome Mr. Harris to his debut with SPO.

THE MAGIC FLUTE 2018 – PAPAGENO