The American tenor, who will appear at Opera Santa Barbara (Gianni Schicchi) and at the Berkshire Opera Festival (Madama Butterfly) later this season, recently made his role debut as Alfredo/La traviata at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and performed Rodolfo/La bohème at Virginia Opera. Previous seasons brought Slayden to Florida Grand Opera (Ferrando/ Così fan tutte), Des Moines Metro Opera (Romeo/Romeo and Juliet), Austin Lyric Opera and Wolf Trap Opera (Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni), Arizona Opera and Vancouver Opera (Rodolfo/La bohème), Minnesota Opera (Laërte/Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet), The Santa Fe Opera (Andres/Wozzeck, Puccini’s Rodolfo), and Gotham Chamber Opera (Martinů’s Alexandre Bis and Comedy on the Bridge). In 2013|14 Slayden made several Verdi role debuts, including the Duke of Mantua/ Rigoletto (Opera Memphis, subsequently at Arizona Opera), Gabriele Adorno/Simon Boccanegra (Kentucky Opera), and Cassio/Otello (Nashville Opera). In concert, Slayden has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic (Rossini’s Stabat Mater), the Seattle Youth Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony (Verdi’s Messa da Requiem), and the Utah Symphony Orchestra (Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet). A 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist and former young artist at Seattle Opera (Uldino/Attila, title role/Werther, Ernesto/Don Pasquale) and The Santa Fe Opera (First Priest/The Magic Flute), Slayden holds a Sullivan Career Grant, first prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and a George London Foundation encouragement award.
Lyric Opera debut: Tybalt/ Romeo and Juliet (2015|16)
Last updated: February 22, 2016