Jonathan Mack ("Igneo") - Lyric Tenor
Since graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in French horn and voice, Jonathan Mack's career as a lyric tenor has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia as a recital, concert, and opera singer. For four years, Mr. Mack lived in Germany with his family where he was the leading lyric tenor for the opera houses of Kiel and Dortmund. His guest engagements took him throughout West Germany and France.
Jonathan has performed over fifty roles during his eighteen seasons with the Los Angeles Opera, including Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Kudrjas in Janacek's Katya Kabanova, Quint in Britten's Turn of the Screw, and Orpheus in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. Appearances with other companies include Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction for Netherlands Opera, Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kentucky Opera, Bob Boles in Britten's Peter Grimes for Vancouver Opera, and the Steersman in Wagner's Flying Dutchman for Opera Columbus. Most recently he made his sixth appearance with the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival singing Tamino in The Magic Flute.
His concert work includes engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Festivals, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Minnesota Orchestra with conductors including Giulini, Mehta, Previn, Boulez, Rattle, Hogwood, and Tilson-Thomas. Recent performances include a tour of the province of Quebec in Beethoven's ninth symphony with the Montreal Metropolitan and Frank Ticheli's Pulitzer prize nominated first Symphony for Festival Miami. He returns to Florida this summer for two weeks of concerts including Mozart's Requiem, and to San Luis Obispo for Stravinski's Les Noces.
In demand as a studio singer, Jonathan has sung on over 100 productions for film, radio, and television, including the 2004 Grammy Awards. Jonathan is on the voice faculty at the University of Southern California and Chapman University.
Mr. Mack is featured as a soloist on six recordings: Gagliano's La Daphne for ABC Records; choral lieder by Brahms and Schumann with the William Hall Chorale for Klavier Records; three recordings on the Nonesuch label: two with the Los Angeles Vocal Arts Ensemble of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Rossini's Sins of my Old Age, and one with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Andre Previn of William Kraft's Contextures II. Most recently on a Crystal CD, Mr. Mack recorded John Biggs Songs of Laughter, Love, and Tears.
"He is instantly sympathetic, authoritative, and secure. He inflects every line with point and unexpected force, and he makes every word count. A sensitive actor, he is a musician of remarkable refinement and the owner of an extraordinarily pliant, sweet and ever growing tenor." - Martin Bernheimer, Los Angeles Times.