Lyric Opera of Chicago

Jesse Donner

 Jesse Donner headshot

Photo by Devon Cass.

Second-year tenor Jesse Donner completed graduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he was heard as Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos, title role/Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Lucano/L'incoronazione di Poppea. A former baritone, Donner also holds a bachelor of music degree from Iowa State University. The Des Moines, Iowa, native received the 2014 George Shirley Award for Opera Performance, a special encouragement award from the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, and first place in the 2012 Michigan Friends of Opera Competition. Other performing credits include his debut with Opera in the Ozarks (Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly) and concert appearances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Toledo Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Donner appeared in Capriccio and Tannhäuser (Walther) during Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-15 season. This upcoming season at Lyric he is featured in Nabucco and Der Rosenkavalier.

Jesse Donner is sponsored by Anne Gross and Robert C. Marks.

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Ryan Opera Center 2015-2016 Ensemble

 

Sopranos       Mezzo-sopranos  
 Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

 Diana Newman

Diana
Newman

 Laura Wilde

Laura
Wilde 

   Lindsay Metzger

Lindsay Metzger

 Annie Rosen

Annie
Rosen
 

Tenors        
 Alec Carlson

Alec
Carlson

 Jesse Donner

Jesse
Donner

 Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

 Mingjie Lei

Mingjie
Lei

Baritones       Bass-baritone  
 Anthony Clark Evans

Anthony Clark Evans

 Takaoki Onishi

Takaoki
Onishi

   Richard Ollarsaba

Richard Ollarsaba
 

Basses     Pianist  
 Patrick Guetti

Patrick
Guetti

 Bradley Smoak

Bradley
Smoak

   Mario Marra

Mario Antonio Marra