Baritone Zachary Altman, praised for his "suave, sable baritone" (Opera Magazine), returns to Opera San Jose in the 2013-14 season, singing Ford (Falstaff), Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), and the title role in Don Giovanni. He also returns to Gotham Chamber Opera for its production of Baden Baden 1927. During the 2012-13 season, Zach was seen at Opera San Jose as Zurga (The Pearl Fishers), Count Di Luna (Il Trovatore), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. He appeared at Le Poisson Rouge with Gotham Chamber Opera in a collaboration with MAYA and Company XIV called Orientale. In it, he will sing Tancredi in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, as well as songs of Schumann. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Altman sang with the Caramoor Festival as Vaudemont in Verdi's Les Vêpres Siciliennes, while also covering Rodrigue in Verdi's Don Carlos.
He recently made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl as Herman Augustus and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide, conducted by Bramwell Tovey. He spent three years as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he sang the title role in Don Giovanni, Dr. Miracle in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Breedley in Bolcom’s A Wedding.
Other career highlights for Mr. Altman include Nimming Ned (The Beggar’s Opera) under the baton of Lorin Maazel with the Castleton Festival; John Proctor (The Crucible), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with the Chautauqua Institute; and the world premiere of Simon Sargon's Out of the Depths with Voices of Change in Dallas, TX, a piece expressly written for Mr. Altman. He has also been a young artist with both Fort Worth Opera and Sarasota Opera, and received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.
He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he sang his first Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Joe Harland in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, which was recorded and released on Albany Records.