Theo Lebow - Tenor

Theo Lebow, Tenor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Represented in Canada by Dean Artists Management)

Currently based at Frankfurt Opera and with an active career in both North America and Europe, THEO LEBOW continues to solidify his reputation as one of the finest young lyric tenors on  international stages.  His performances reveal exceptional intelligence and musical understanding along with dramatic skill, to complement his technical finesse and beautiful sound.  These qualities have enabled him to build a remarkably diverse repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. A Los Angeles native, now in his second season as a member of the ensemble at Frankfurt Opera, Theo’s experience there has ranged from Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, to the taxing tenor role of Massimo in Gluck’s Ezio (“Theo Lebow is a find as Massimo...his voice has the sound of an heroic Italianate tenor but on a smaller scale well-suited to Baroque opera...” Stage Door). After singing Ozia in a recent new production of Mozart’s Betulia liberata, reviews were rapturous:  “Theo Lebow sings his entrance aria, a bravura piece marked by bold coloratura, with astounding verve and confidence” (Frankfurter Rundschau)  “Theo Lebow mastered the challenging tenor part of Ozia with radiant heights and great agility in the runs” (Online Music Magazine) “The young American singer Theo Lebow conquered this role, one that also requires an actor’s gift, with flying colors. Immediately, in his very first aria, he moves effortlessly into coloratura heights.”  (Feuilleton Frankfurt)

In 2017-18, Frankfurt will hear his Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Squeak in Billy Budd, An Old Prisoner in Janácek’s From the House of the Dead, as well as Carlo in the Frankfurt première of Manfred Trojahn’s Enrico, and Krell in the world première of Arnulf Herrmann’s Der Mieter (The Tenant). Theo’s repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary, already embraces some 20 roles in operas, and he has sung in six languages. Recent engagements have included Jupiter / Apollo in Handel’s Semele at Seattle Opera;  Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the première of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera “27"  alongside Stephanie Blythe and Elizabeth Futral for Opera Theatre of St. Louis (also on CD from Albany Records); Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Shippensburg Festival in Pennsylvania; Mr. Porcupine in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox for both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera in Boston; and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at Opera Hamilton -- his Canadian debut – where he was hailed for his “plangent tenor with a sweet timbre” (La Scena Musicale, Montréal).

Theo won early recognition from Santa Fe Opera when he received the Richard Tucker Foundation Award after becoming part of its young artists’ program and he was invited to participate successively in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Summer Program, and Seattle Opera’s young artist program. In recital, Theo’s performances are marked by musical eloquence and powerful communication of text, wedded to vocal beauty.  He has sung in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; given a  Schwabacher Debut recital in San Francisco; performed recital programs with the New York Festival of Song at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, as well as in Caramoor and New York City; and participated in a Schubert and His World recital of vocal chamber music at the Bard Music Festival in New York.

Theo’s concert engagements have featured multiple appearances on Carnegie Hall’s main stage, often as soloist Handel’s Messiah. On the same stage, he has sung the tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) and excerpts from Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside soprano Jennifer Zetlan.

Theo also had the rare opportunity to sing with Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe and Angela Meade at the Richard Tucker Gala in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2011.

Theo Lebow is managed by Ken Benson Artists in New York.


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

“The winsome-voiced young tenor Theo Lebow made his company and role debut as a dashing Count Almaviva, ardent in love, and hilarious in his disguises. Lebow’s final, florid aria was a triumphant tour de force!”

As Almaviva in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Boston Midsummer Opera, 2018

Zoe Madonna, The Boston Globe

“Lebow’s rendering of the immensely difficult final aria succeeded in adding yet a new color of triumphant youthful idealism.”

As Almaviva in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Boston Midsummer Opera, 2018

Leon Golub, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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


Cessa di Piu Resistere-- Ah Piu Lieto section, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Rossini

D'ogni colpa la colpa maggiore, Betulia Liberata, Mozart

Here I stand, The Rakes Progress, Stravinsky

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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