Tenor Dominic Armstrong
Dominic Armstrong has established himself internationally as an artist of superb and distinguished musicality and characterization. The tenor holds degrees from Truman State University, The Juilliard School, and The Curtis Institute.
This season Dominic Armstrong appears at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra for Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, singing Waldemar under the baton of Leon Botstein. He also continues his close collaboration with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, joining them in recital. In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Armstrong debuted the role of the Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer with Utah Opera, continued his relationship with Opera Carolina, returning to the role of Alfredo in La traviata, and joined the Bangor Symphony for a pandemic-rescheduled Beethoven’s 9th.
An in-demand interpreter of modern and contemporary operas, Mr. Armstrong’s notable performances include Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw (NYCO, Castleton, OnSite Opera), Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado, world premiere), Orville Wright in Finding Wright (Dayton Opera, world premiere), Jump Master in The Falling and the Rising (Opera Carolina), Dr. Richardson in Breaking the Waves (Beth Morrison Projects), Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carnegie Hall), Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles (Wexford Festival), Haydn and the Bartender in the world premiere performances of The Classical Style (Ojai Festival, Cal Performances, and Carnegie Hall), and the title role in Candide (Wolf Trap).
Armstrong is equally at home in traditional opera repertoire, having essayed such roles as Don José in Carmen (Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera), Cavaradossiin Tosca (on tour in France under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson, Northwest Indiana Symphony), Alfredo in La traviata (Chautauqua Opera), Macduff in Macbeth (Syracuse Opera), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Dayton Opera, Piedmont Opera) and the title role in La Clemenza di Tito (Chicago Opera Theatre).
Mr. Armstrong made his New York Philharmonic debut in acclaimed performances of Britten’s Spring Symphony, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. He has appeared as the First Jew in Salome with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as the Third Jew in performances of the same opera with the Boston Symphony, and Second Jew with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-2017 season, he traveled to Russia to perform Britten’s War Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra and subsequently performed in a series of concerts, collaborating with Craig Rutenberg. He is closely tied to the works of Benjamin Britten, having also performed his Serenade with Symphony in C and the Princeton Symphony.
He regularly performs standard symphonic repertoire, such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony), Handel’s Messiah (Aiken Symphony), Mozart’s Requiem (Lansing Symphony, Amarillo Symphony), Bach’s Magnificat (Milwaukee Symphony), and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells (Portland Symphony).
Other notable recent performances include: Deutsche Oper Berlin as Parpignol in La bohème; Opera Regio Torino as the Gran Sacerdote in Idomeneo, Reverend Adams in Peter Grimes, and Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhaüser; Opera Omaha for their inaugural ONE Festival as Lurcanio in Ariodante, Los Angeles Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera in a double bill of two Gordon Getty one-act operas, Usher House and The Canterville Ghost, as Edgar Allen Poe and Duke Cecil of Yorkshire; and in spring 2020 he was slated to make his debut with Lincoln Center Theater in the ensemble for Intimate Apparel, with the run of preview performances interrupted due to COVID-19.
Mr. Armstrong’s numerous prizes and awards include being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera, a 2013 George London Foundation Winner, 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 Betty Myers Incentive Award from Annapolis Opera, NATS State and Regional winner, and he was the 2009 winner of the Liederkranz Art Song Competition. Dominic has been on the faculty at The University of South Carolina since 2020. He has also served on faculty at The Chautauqua Opera Conservatory and helped to develop the Castleton Festival/USC Immersion Program.