Norman Reinhardt is one of the leading lyric tenors of his generation. Praised for his gleaming tone and compelling stage presence, he most recently triumphed in his Viennese debut as Arturo in La straniera at Theater an der Wien alongside Marlis Petersen, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni and directed by Christof Loy. Following La straniera he had performances of Tom Rakewell with Utah Opera, and the Berlin Staatsoper respectively. He finished the season performing the Verdi Requiem with the Gulbenkian Musica in Lisbon.
A graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Studio, Norman has enjoyed a continued relationship with the company, appearing in numerous productions including Fidelio, Béatrice et Bénédict, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Idomeneo, Don Pasquale, Cosi fan tutte and Otello. He returns to the company in the 2015/16 season to sing Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He will also return to the Teatro Real Madrid to sing his signature role of Tamino, while adding a new Bel Canto role as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and his house debut with the Hamburgische Staatsoper. He will also make his role and festival debut with Tony from West Side Story performing in concert with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, and production at the Whitsun Festival and the Salzburger Festspiele, alongside the incomparable Cecilia Bartoli and Gustavo Dudamel.
After working from 2009-12 as a soloist at Oper Leipzig, where he sang all the major roles of his fach under the baton of Ulf Schirmer and the Gewandhausorchester (Tamino, Lensky, Ferrando, Almaviva, Alfredo, Ottavio etc.), Norman gained critical acclaim as Tamino in the Bregenz Festival, stepping in at the last minute to sing the opening night. This performance is available on DVD for purchase on Unitel Classica.
Other notable performances include Des Grieux in Manon (Massenet) and La Grande Duchesse du Gerolstein opposite Anne Sophie von Otter at Theater Basel, Jack O’Brien in Aufstieg und fall der stadt Mahagonny at the Berlin Staatsoper, Alfredo (La Traviata) in Lille, and The Rake’s Progress at Oper Leipzig, Utah Opera, and the Berlin Staatsoper. Norman has also appeared in leading roles at the San Francisco Opera, Sante Fe Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, New Israeli Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Garsington Opera, and Theater an der Wien.
Norman has worked with conductors including Patrick Summers, Paolo Arrivabeni, James Conlon, Michael Hofstetter, Harry Bickett, Stephen Lord, Ulf Schirmer, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Axel Kober, William Lacey, Anthony Bramall, and Matthias Foremny. He has also worked with some of the world’s leading opera directors including Christof Loy, Peter Konwitschny, David Pountney, Damiano Michieletto, Christoph Marthaler, John Cox, Jurgen Flimm, Laurent Pelly, Neil Armfield, David Gately, Irina Brook and James Robinson.
A native of Hickory, North Carolina, Norman trained at Asbury College and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Music.
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