Steven Mortier, an American lyric baritone, is noted for his warmth of singing combined with bold dramatic interpretations and solid musicianship. In 2002, Mr. Mortier displayed his versatile talents by meeting the demands of a wide variety of genres. He performed Haydn's Mass in Time of War with the Oregon East Symphony, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Rainier Lyric Opera, Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha with Spokane Opera, a return to the Lake Charles Symphony for the King in The King and I and in Spokane he was heard in the March Messiah with the Spokane Symphony. Last season Mr. Mortier was heard singing for Gonzaga's 100th Year Bing Crosby Birthday Bash: A Cole Porter Celebration with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, the role of Brander in The Damnation of Faust with the Spokane Symphony and a return to Spokane Opera for the role of Leporello in their production of Don Giovanni. Other recent engagements include the title role of Rigoletto with the Lake Charles Symphony, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Tacoma Opera, a return to Mississippi Opera to perform Masetto in Don Giovanni and a Holiday Pops Concert featuring Bing Crosby tunes and The Reluctant Dragon with the Spokane Symphony.
Mr. Mortier made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1996 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Haydn's The Creation and at Lincoln Center with The National Chorale in The Messiah. Mr. Mortier then performed the role of the Traveler in Spoleto Festival USA's production of Curlew River, with Pittsburgh Opera in L'Elisir d'Amore as Dulca- mara, with Lake Charles Symphony in their fully staged production of Oklahoma as Curley, with Mississippi Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and with Spokane Opera as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. He has also had staring roles with Tacoma Opera, Southern Utah University, and Tri-Cities Opera as well as Opera Grand Rapids.
With such companies as Chautauqua Opera, Birmingham Opera, Opera Pacific and the Vallejo Symphony, he has sung leading roles in Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, The Bartered Bride, and The Tenderland, as well as a special production of Weill's Mahagonny led by Kent Nagano. Mr. Mortier is currently on the voice faculty at Eastern Washington University and has a private voice studio in Spokane.
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