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“CONFIDENCE,
A RINGING TENOR
AND RAKISH CHARM..."

-OPERA NEWS, 2016

Harold's 2016/17 Season

ABOUT

Tenor Harold Meers

Harold Meers headshot "Meers’s confidence, ringing tenor and rakish charm, during his relatively brief roles in Tabarro and as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, left one wanting more."
-Opera News

Since his professional debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Harold Meers has established himself as one of the outstanding American tenors performing today. He has garnered critical and popular praise for performances at the most important venues in North America including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha, Nashville Opera, New Orleans Opera, Baltimore Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Virginia Opera.

In the 2016/17 Harold makes an international debut in Mexico at the historic Teatro Degollado as Cassio in Otello in a staged production with the Filharmonica de Jaslico. Additional season highlights include his renown Don José in Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara, Madama Butterfly with Kentucky Opera, and concert performances with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Symphpony. Internationally, Mr. Meers will also appear in a fully staged production of Otello with the Filharmonica de Jalisco in Mexico.

Meers’ engagements for the 2015/16 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Cassio (cover) in the company’s new production of Verdi’s Otello, plus his critically heralded role debut in the title role of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Madison Opera under the baton of John DeMain, and Luigi/Rinuccio in Puccini’s Il Trittico with the Utah Festival Opera.

In the 2014/15 season, Meers joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo (cover) in Puccini’s La Bohème and took his acclaimed Rodolfo to San Diego Opera for a production that celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary. Highlights from the 2013/14 season included Nadir in Les Pecheurs de perles with Nashville Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, and acclaimed appearances as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Minnesota Opera, an Opera in the Park gala with Madison Opera, and in concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Mr. Meers has appeared in La Bohème with the Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Sarasota Opera, Madama Butterfly with Nashville Opera and Amarillo Opera, La Rondine with the Des Moines Metro Opera, and Carmen with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, opposite Denyce Graves. Further appearances of note include Narraboth in Salome with Opera Cleveland, the Duke in Rigoletto and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Santa Barbara, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Chautuaqua Opera, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Piedmont Opera.

Also an accomplished artist on the concert stage and in recital, Meers’ recent forays into concert masterworks have included Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, under John DeMain, and Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights from Meers’ concert work include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Sarasota Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performances with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, Freemont Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra.

Updated NOVEMBER 2016

Harold's Buzz

"Meers is a capable leading man, with stamina and confident vocals..."


-The Capital Times

SCHEDULE

2016/17 season

Scheduled highlights in Harold's 2016/17 season include the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Kentucky Opera, appearances as Don José in Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara, and the role of Cassio in Verdi's Otello with the Filharmonica de Jalisco. On the concert platform Harold will perform Puccini’s La bohème with the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Handel's Messiah in his debut with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at the United States Naval Academy.

Madame Butterfly promo poster at Kentucky Opera

This September Harold Meers performs the role of B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's masterwork Madame Butterfly at Kentucky Opera

SEPTEMBER 23 & 25, 2016
Kentucky Opera

Puccini's Madame Butterfly
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Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara

Harold Meers appears as Don Jose in Opera Santa Barbara's production of Bizet's beloved Carmen

NOVEMBER 4 & 6, 2016
Opera Santa Barbara

Bizet's Carmen
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Filharmonica de Jalisco presents Otello in concert

Harold Meers sings the role of Cassio in Verdi's Otello with the Filharmonica de Jalisco

Nov. 23, 25, 27 & 30, 2016
Filharmonica de Jalisco

Verdi's's Otello in concert
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TBA

Harold makes his debut at the United States Naval Academy as a soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

December 3 & 4, 2016
ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Handel's Messiah at the United States Naval Academy
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Helena Symphony presents La boheme in concert

Harold Meers appears in an opera concert with the Southwest Florida Symphony

MARCH 25, 2017
Southwest Florida Symphony

Masterworks IV with the Southwest Florida Symphony
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Helena Symphony presents La boheme in concert

Harold Meers sings in concert with the Helena Symphony and Chorale in La Bohème

MAY 6, 2017
Helena Symphony

Puccini's La Bohème in concert
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Harold's Buzz

"He presented an ardently handsome lover..."

-Opera News

PRESS

Harold's latest Buzz

La Boheme

Since 2011 Harold has appeared in the role of Rodolfo at San Diego Opera, Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sarasota Opera. He has also served as the cover at The Metropolitian Opera.

"Meers presented a lovely vocal quality throughout his range and was convincingly ardent..."
– Opera News

“Meers sang most convincingly when portraying a man powerless over a malady that will take his love in Act III.”
– Opera Today

Making his Minnesota Opera debut as Rodolfo was tenor Harold Meers, who infused his arias and love duets with a marvelous combination of strength and suppleness, his tone ringing out like the bells of the Cathedral of St. Paul that stood sentry on the dusky skyline.
-Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

“When Rodolfo, a poet, finds himself alone after some silly horseplay with his flat mates—we are charmed by his good looks and casual attitude, but unprepared for the passion that will erupt…his impetuous bright tone was perfect for the character he portrayed.”
– Herald-Tribune

“The singing and acting are magnificent, from the sweet-voiced ardor of Meers as the poet…”
– Des Moines Register

“Meers was in fine, fluid voice, and his duets with Mimi were some of this performance’s most sumptuous moments.”
– Marco Eagle

“This was a stellar cast. Harold Meers cut a handsome figure with a sturdy tenor sound, both of which should take him far in his career.”
– Longboat Observer

Madama Butterfly

Harold has performed the role of B.F. Pinkerton with Kentucky Opera, Opera Columbus, Nashville Opera and Amarillo Opera.

"Harold Meers embodies Pinkerton so well, from his youthful and handsome look, confident swagger, and delightful tenor that sits well for the character – it all works very, very well. His aria, Dovunque al mondo, is sly and contemptable, just as it should be.
– Annette Skaggs, Arts-Louisville.com

Harold Meers lends his vibrant tenor -- and no small amount of youthful charisma -- to the role of Lt. Pinkerton. (This achievement is all the more impressive, considering that Meers just recently took over the role from an ailing Cody Austin.) Yes, Pinkerton is still a cad. But thanks to Meers, Pinkerton's remorse is believable.
– The Tennessean

“Last, but certainly not least among these notables, is Meers. He stepped into the role when tenor Cody Austin had to withdraw from the production because of illness, but he’s no second-string performer; Meers (who recently played Pinkerton at Amarillo Opera) has a gorgeous, crystal-clear sound with plenty of power when it’s required. And he, like Lim and the others, gets full marks in the acting category as well; ”Addio, fiorito asil” (“Farewell, flowery refuge”) in Act III shows his skills off well.”
– Evans Donnell, Artsnash.com

L'elisir d'Amore

Harold has sung the role of Nemorino in concert with the Helena Syphony in 2008 and in full performance with Chautauqua Opera in 2007.

“Harold Gray Meers was an ideal Nemorino. He was very handsome, yet appeared young enough to be so shy about love and to be taken in by a quack with a love potion. His tenor was unusually rich and vibrant, and soared effortlessly, throughout the performance.”
– The Post Journal

Il Trittico

In Summer 2016 Harold appeared at the Utah Festival Opera in Il Tabarro and as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.

"Meers’s confidence, ringing tenor and rakish charm, during his relatively brief roles in Tabarro and as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, left one wanting more."
– Robert Coleman, Opera News

Carmen

Harold's turn as Don Jose includes engagements this season at Opera Santa Barbara and past appearances with Opera Charleston.

"Harold Meers, who sang the role of Don Jose, Carmen's jealous lover, enjoyed a confident high register, his articulation robust and clean, his colorations capable and expressive over a wide vocal range. Meers, like Sandel-Pantaleo, inhabited his role."
-Daniel Kepl, Voice Magazine

“Tenor Harold Meers offered a convincingly love-struck Don José he sang with spinto passion and sounded great.”
– Post and Courier

"The through line of this musical mishegas comes from Don José, here powerfully portrayed by tenor Harold Meers."
-Charles Donelan, The Santa Barabara Independent

“Tenor Harold Meers offered a convincingly love-struck Don José he sang with spinto passion and sounded great.”
– Post and Courier

“And, ah, the soloists! Collectively, they were easily on a par with the casts that grace many Spoleto productions. Tenor Harold Meers sang the role of jilted lover Don José́ to pearly-toned perfection, his slow buildup of seething rage reminding the audience what crimes of passion are all about.”
– City Paper

Macbeth

Harold performed the role of Macduff with Minnesota Opera in 2014.

“Harold Meers gave ardent expression to Macduff's Act IV aria...”
– Michael Anthony, Opera News

Salome

Harold performed the role of Narraboth to great success with Opera Cleveland.

“Harold Gray Meers (Narraboth, the soldier who loves Salome without her even noticing) stood out impressively in the first minutes of the opera as the lone voice that carried over the orchestra.”
– Akron Beacon Journal

“Finally, I want to comment on the one character that successfully sets the stage for every “Salome” I’ve ever seen- Narraboth. However briefly, he must look and sound like a dream to do both Herr Strauss, Mr. Wilde and the subsequent mood of the opera justice. Harold Meers upheld that thrust for us in Cleveland.”
– Opera-L.org

Verdi Requiem

In 2013 Harold was featured as a soloist in Verdii's Reqiuem with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

“Tenor Harold Meers offered a clarion sound and terrific aria-like 'Ingemisco' ”
– Adam Parker, The Post and Courier

Harold's Buzz

"...His tenor was unusually rich and vibrant, and soared effortlessly, throughout the performance”"


-The Post Journal

HISTORY

Recently performed roles

Since his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Così fan tutte, 1997), Mr. Meers has appeared at performance venues across North America, including San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, New Orleans Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Cleveland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha and Virginia Opera among many others. Additionally, Mr. Meers made his international debut with the Bangkok Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.


• Cassio in Otello (cover), The Metropolitan Opera
• Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Madison Opera
• Don Jose in Carmen, Opera Santa Barbara
• Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Kentucky Opera
• Luigi in Il Tabarro, Utah Festival Opera


• Cassio in Otello (cover), The Metropolitan Opera
• Rodolfo in La Boheme, San Diego Opera
• Soloist for Opera in the Park, Madison Opera


• Rodolfo in La Boheme (cover), The Metropolitan Opera
• Macduff in Macbeth, Minnestoa Opera • Soloist in A Madison Symphony Christmas, Madison Symphony


• Rodolfo in La Boheme, Minnestoa Opera
• Nadir in Les Pecheurs des Perles, Nashville Opera
• Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Opera Columbus
• Madison Symphony Orchestra, tenor soloist for Rachmaninov’s The Bells


• Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Nashville Opera
• Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Amarillo Opera
• Ruggero in La Rondine, Des Moines Metro Opera
• Don Jose in Carmen, Opera Charleston


• Rodolfo in La Boheme, Des Moines Metro Opera
• Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Helena Symphony
• Rodolfo in La Boheme, Sarasota Opera

Harold's Buzz

"Harold Meers infused his arias and love duets with a marvelous combination of strength and suppleness, his tone ringing out"

-Pioneer Press

CONTACT

MANAGEMENT: Zemsky / Green

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Bruce Zemsky & Alan Green

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Tel: +1.212.579.6700

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