An innate musician and trained pianist, American tenor Jamez McCorkle is a hugely exciting talent whose career began at the prestigious International Opera Studio in Zürich, from where he graduated in summer 2019. This season sees McCorkle making debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Peter the Honeyman Porgy & Bess and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Britten War Requiem. He also returns to the Spoleto Festival to star in the title role of the world premiere of Rhiannon Giddens’ new opera based on the life of Omar Ibn Said and covers the role of Steva Jenufa at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Last season he made two exciting company debuts, with Kentucky Opera as Tamino Die Zauberflöte and Michigan Opera Theatre as Lensky Eugene Onegin, a role he debuted at the Spoleto Festival in 2017. His assignments in Zürich included Deux Gardes Manon, Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor and Mastro Trabuco La forza del destino. Last season his roles there were title role (cover) Idomeneo, Remendado and Don José (cover) Carmen, 1st Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte and Mastro Trabuco La forza del destino.
McCorkle also joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and was invited to take part in the Young Artist Programme of the Salzburg Festival, where he appeared as Fante del Consiglio I due Foscari and covered Tito La Clemenza di Tito. At Curtis Opera Theatre he appeared as Ruggero La Rondine, Nolan Doctor Atomic and Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McCorkle is an alumnus of the Mannes College, The New School for Music and Loyola University New Orleans. He has also attended several summer programs including Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, I Sing Beijing, Houston Grand Opera Young Artists' Vocal Academy, the Music Academy of the West, and the International Vocal Arts Institute. He is a winner of several awards and competitions including the George London Competition, Sullivan Foundation, Brava! Opera Competition, National Opera Association Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Gulf Coast Region.
Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Benvolio Roméo et Juliette
Tito La clemenza di Tito
Tamino Die Zauberflöte
Nick La fanciulla del West
Ruggero La Rondine
Lensky Eugene Onegin
The Post and Courier
Lensky, was played by New Orleans native Jamez McCorkle, who is someone for opera fans to follow closely. His tenor voice is substantial, expressive and flexible. It was on full display in the excruciatingly beautiful farewell aria he sings before the duel. He can go from loud to soft, even high in his range, seamlessly. McCorkle has made this role his own.
But the singer I most want to hear again is Jamez McCorkle, here as Ruggero, whose voice encompassed the grander Puccini moments but also delivered a level of intimacy that one doesn't often hear in this repertoire.
Jamez McCorkle (USA) flourishes and sets the foundation for excellence with Lensky’s aria from Tchaikovsky's “Kuda, kuda…