Tenor ADAM KLEIN, of Setauket, N.Y., began in opera as a child at the Metropolitan in New York, as Yniold in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE and Zweiter Knabe in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. Since returning to the Met as a tenor, he has sung lead roles in THE NOSE, Z MRTVEHO DOMU, HANSEL AND GRETEL, JENŮFA, PIQUE DAME, DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, WAR AND PEACE, MAZEPPA, LE ROSSIGNOL, SALOME and ARABELLA; and has also understudied many other principal parts, including Gandhi in Philip Glass’s SATYAGRAHA. In 2010 he made his debut as Tristan in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with Seattle Opera. Elsewhere he has starred as (alphabetically by composer) Don José in CARMEN, Quint in THE TURN OF THE SCREW, Sam in SUSANNAH, title role in Gounod’s FAUST, Roméo in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Canio in PAGLIACCI, title role in WERTHER, Belmonte in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, title role in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Des Grieux in MANON LESCAUT, Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME, Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Luigi in IL TABARRO, Cavaradossi in TOSCA, Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Narraboth and Herod in SALOME, Polo in Tan Dun’s MARCO POLO, title role in DON CARLO, title role in OTELLO, Duca in RIGOLETTO, Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, and Judge Danforth in Robert Ward’s THE CRUCIBLE — with opera companies from Portland east to Portland west and Edmonton to El Paso, including Spoleto Festival USA where he recently impressed audiences with his musicianship and broad vocal range in the new opera FAUSTUS, THE LAST NIGHT by Pascal Dusapin.
Concert highlights have included Siegmund in DIE WALKÜRE (Act I) with the West Virginia Symphony; Tenor Solo/Doctor Marianus in Mahler’s EIGHTH SYMPHONY with the Boston Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; and he holds the record for most solo appearances with the New York Choral Society.
Klein, also a composer and songwriter, has written in the Classical vein two operas: LEITHIAN, based on a story by J. R. R. Tolkien, which had its concert premieres in 2006 and 2007 in New York City; and GOLDIE LOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, a short children’s opera about tolerance based on the classic fairy tale. Soundfiles of both operas can be heard at his website, “www.adamcjklein.us”.
Recordings include Mime in SIEGFRIED (forging scene) with the State Symphony of Russia on the Naxos label, the Doctor in Robert Ashley’s IMPROVEMENT: DON LEAVES LINDA on the Elektra/Nonesuch label, and a solo part on If, Bwana’s I, ANGELICA on the Pogus label. Also an accomplished recording technician, Klein has produced many privately printed CDs of concerts and compositions.