Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage is garnering acclaim as a “heldentenor par excellence” with “trumpet-like, clear, open-throated, powerful” singing (San Francisco Examiner). Praised for his “impressive natural instrument” (Opera News), Savage is the winner of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize and a special honor by Speight Jenkins.
In the 2016-17 season, Savage makes his role debut in Verdi’s Othello with Marco Parisotto conducting Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. He also makes his Los Angeles Opera debut as Narraboth in Salome conducted by James Conlon and is heard with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars. On the concert stage, he sings Verdi’s Requiem Mass with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is heard in Toronto at the Women’s Musical Club.
In the 2015-16 season, Savage made his role debut in the title role of Rienzi with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall. He also debuted at Austin Lyric Opera as Radames in Aida and with the San Antonio Symphony as Manrico in The Troubadour under Sebastian Lang-Lessing. In addition, he sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Boston Philharmonic.
Savage made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Verdi’s Ernani under James Levine in the 2014-15 season. He recently sang Siegmund in The Valkyrie at the Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus to great critical acclaim and made his mainstage debut as Bacchus in Ariadne on Naxos at Seattle Opera. He also debuted with Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine under Paul Daniel in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and at the Aspen Music Festival as Radames in Aida under conductor Robert Spano, a role he sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Jacques Lacombe in the summer of 2014.