Recently hailed as a “clarion-voiced tenor” by Anthony Tommasini (New York Times), Dominic Armstrong is a young tenor who has quickly established himself internationally as an artist of deep emotion and heartfelt musicality. Proof of this came in his recent, unexpected and well-received debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Alan Gilbert, in the rarely heard Spring Symphony of Benjamin Britten.
In the 2012-13 season, Mr. Armstrong made a return to New York City Opera to sing Prologue/Peter Quint in a well-received new production of The Turn of the Screw. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut and will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Andre Prévin’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Past seasons have seen Mr. Armstrong in Chicago Opera Theatre’s Moscow, Cheryomushki (Opera News called his performance of Sergei a “honeyed account”), Memphis Opera debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival where Mr. Armstrong spent four summers and performed in a total of nine productions including The Beggar’s Opera, Turn of the Screw, Il Tabarro, Seven Deadly Sins, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Carmen.
Previous seasons have found Mr. Armstrong working for companies such as Opera Company of Philadelphia (Norma; Rigoletto), Chicago Opera Theatre (La Clemenza di Tito), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Regio Torino (Idomeneo; Peter Grimes; Tannhaüser), Wexford Opera (Ghosts of Versailles), Wolf Trap Opera (Candide; Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), and Musica Viva Hong Kong (L’Elisir d’amore). He will soon be seen with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony in Salome, and will be making his debut with Opera Colorado in 2015 in a new opera based on The Scarlet Letter by Lori Laitman.
An avid recitalist, Mr. Armstrong has maintained frequent performances of recital repertoire as well. Recent recitals have included the collected songs of Duparc with soprano Susanna Phillips, as well as performances of Brahms’ Die Schöne Magelone, and the 2012 Twickenham Festival, where he performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge and Roger Quilter’s To Julia. He has also been a participant of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the Collaborative Arts Institute and Beethoven Festivals in Chicago. Mr. Armstrong will soon be seen giving recitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan, under the auspices of the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the George London Foundation, repectively.
A 2013 winner of a George London Foundation Award, Mr. Armstrong’s numerous prizes and awards include being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera, as well as a recipient of a 2009 Opera Foundation Scholarship that sent him to Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opera Regio Torino. He’s also been awarded prizes from the George London Foundation (encouragement award, 2008), the SAI Vocal Competition, Gold Medal Aria Competition (Truman State University), The Sullivan Awards, Lucrezia Bori Grant, Opera Index, Gerda Lissner Award, The William Boldyga and and Betty Myers Incentive Award from Annapolis Opera, NATS State and Regional winner, and he was the 2009 winner of the Liederkranz Art Song Competition. He holds degrees from Truman State University, The Juilliard School, and The Curtis Institute.