Theo Lebow - Tenor

Theo Lebow, Tenor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Represented in Canada by Dean Artists Management)

Tenor Theo Lebow began 2015 with a very successful return to Seattle Opera as Jupiter and Apollo in Handel’s SEMELE. The Seattle Times praised him for his “Tonal beauty, alacrity, and commendable passagework.” In Spring of 2015, Mr. Lebow sang a wide variety of concert and recital engagements. Including a debut with The German Forum, and a return to The New York Festival Of Song for concerts at both Merkin Hall, New York City, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. He also sang Schubert’s Die Winterreise at the Gretna Music Festival with the Henschel String Quartet, a performance later broadcast on NPR. The '15 season ended with Mr. Lebow performing MESSIAH with Richmond Symphony, St. Cecilia Chorus of New York, and Milwaukee Symphony.

The Summer of 2014 found him singing Jacquino in FIDELIO with the Shippensburg Music Festival, then appearing at the Bard Music Festival’s Schubert His World. A noteable success was Mr. Lebow’s debut in May 2014 with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera “27”, a recording of the opera has since been recorded on Albany Records. Continuing his interest in new operas in the 2014-15 season, Theo Lebow also sang the role of Mr. Porcupine in Tobias Picker’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX with both Opera San Antonio, and Boston’s Odyssey Opera.

Concert appearances include Carnegie Hall debuts in both Weill Hall singing Brahm’s Liebeslieder Walzer and in Stern Auditorium in Mendelssohn’s symphony no.2 Lobegesang. In the spring of 2013, Mr. Lebow appeared as a guest artist with the New York Festival of Song at both Caramoor, and in New York City. In 2011 he had the rare opportunity to perform along side Bryn Terfel and Stephanie Blythe in the Richard Tucker Gala. He made a successful Canadian debut as Fenton in FALSTAFF with Opera Hamilton in Autumn 2013.

 A recipient of the Richard Tucker Foundation Award from Santa Fe Opera in 2013, and the Richard F. Gold Career grant in 2011, Mr. Lebow received an encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and was a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation Lieder competition, and New York City regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.. Future engagements include appearances with the Bard Festival this August, and New York City Center for the New York premier of “27” in October. Mr. Lebow will also be joining the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt with performanes of Remendado in CARMEN, Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Massimo in Gluck's opera EZIO, The Marquis in Prokofiev's opera THE GAMBLER, Tom Rakewell in THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, and Ossia in LA BETULIA LIBERATA for their '16-'17 season.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Donizetti Don Pasquale* Ernesto
Donizetti L’Elisir d’Amore Nemorino
Gordon, Ricky Ian 27 Picasso/Fitzgerald
Händel Semele Jupiter/ Apollo
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
Mozart La Finta Giardiniera Contino Belfiore
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Tamino
Picker, Tobias Fantasic Mr. Fox Mr. Porcupine
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Chevalier de la force L’Aumônier
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Il Conte Almaviva
J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
Verdi Un Giorno di Regno Edoardo
Verdi La Traviata Alfredo*

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Bach BWV 211(Coffee)
Bach Ich Armer Mensch
Bach St. John Passion Evangelist
Bach Mass in B Minor
Berlioz Grand Messe des Morts
Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer
Händel Messiah
Haydn The Ode to St. Cecilia
Monteverdi Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda Narrator
Mendelssohn Lobegesang
Mendelssohn Psalm 95
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Requiem
* In Preparation

Press Acclaim

Lebow sang with extraordinary dramatic intensity, tossing off long, fast 16th-note passages with jaw-dropping facility

Messiah with Milwaukee Symphony

JS Online

Lebow has a beautifully open sound with easy production and excellent diction, and he makes lovely musical shapes with his phrases.

Messiah with Richmond Symphony

Urban Milwaukee

Their counterparts in Sunday’s cast, Mary Feminear and Theo Lebow, proved every bit their equal, displaying tonal beauty and vocal alacrity. (Lebow’s virtuoso passage work was particularly commendable.)

Melinda Bargreen, THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Tenor Theo Lebow spends the most time of any of them as one character over the course of the evening and he scores a considerable success in recurring appearances as Pablo Picasso. His sound is gleaming and fresh, and he tore into the role’s key moments with ferocity, tempering the outbursts with singing that displayed a sweet sheen.”

Opera Today

“Everyone else — Picasso, Man Ray, Hemingway, assorted paintings, soldiers, wives and “Empty Frames” — is taken by a remarkable trio of Gerdine Young Artists. Tenor Theo Lebow, baritone Tobias Greenhalgh and bass-baritone Daniel Brevik, in a tour de force of quick costume and character changes, are collectively and individually a delight. They’re examples of OTSL’s standards with its GYAs; each of them seems ready to step out into a serious career.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch

“ Mr. Lebow has a sweet and youthful tenor, perfect for expressing the intense drama of a youth dealing with a lost love. His interpretation was fearless and he plumbed the depths of despair and unrelenting isolation with interludes of brief false hope. The wanderer he limned bordered on psychosis. For all Mr. Lebow’s immersion in the text, he never lost sight of the music. His superb technique with its fine phrasing and exquisite dynamic control were never obvious but used to serve the music. His gestures were apt but never overdone.”

Meche Kroop, Theo con brio; Voce Di Meche

“…Tenor Theo Lebow displayed a plangent tenor with a sweet timbre, ideal as Fenton”

La Scena Musicale


I must with speed amuse her, Jupiter, Semele, Seattle Opera

Pace non trovo, 3 Sonetti del Petrarca, Franz Liszt, Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, San Francisco, Pianist Robert Mollicone

La donna è mobile, Seattle Opera Young Artists Viva Verdi Concert

Don Juan's Serenade, 6 Romances, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, San Francisco, Pianist Robert Mollicone

Verborgenheit, Mörike Lieder, Hugo Wolf, Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, San Francisco, Pianist Robert Mollicone

L'Esule--2/5/2013, Seattle Opera Young Artists Recital, Pianist Christopher Lade

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