Lee Poulis, baritone
Zurga, The Pearl Fishers
Recently named "Best Young Singer" twice by Die Welt's annual survey of German music critics, young American baritone Lee Poulis returns to Sarasota Opera to sing Zurga in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. After Mr. Poulis stepped in at the last minute to perform the role of Renato in Un ballo in maschera at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, critics praised his "beautiful lyric baritone timbre" and "dark, robust voice" adding "with his promising future, it would be advisable to have him in other productions in Chile." The production of Doctor Atomic in which he sang the role of Robert Oppenheimer, in Saarbrücken, was one of three nominated for the 2010 prestigious German "Der Faust" theater prize.
Continuing his career on both sides of the Atlantic, Lee Poulis' 2011-12 season engagements include singing as Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic with the Finnish National Opera, Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Sarasota Opera, and as soloist in Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony. In the 2010-11 season Lee Poulis made his debut with both Minnesota Opera as Heathcliff in Herrmann's Wuthering Heights and with Sarasota Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni. He also returns to Theater Bonn as a member of the ensemble to perform the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Pantalon in The Love for Three Oranges, Ping in Turandot, and Father in Hänsel und Gretel.
Other international credits on the operatic stage include the roles of Marcello in La bohème with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Teatro Real in Madrid, Masetto in Don Giovanni with both Opera Bilbao and Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, and sang as Wanderer in a scene with Erda from Siegfried for La Fura dels Baus at the British Museum.
Mr. Poulis' concert repertoire engagements include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the American Youth Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with the Waltham Philharmonic and the Masterworks Chorale, Haydn's Missa in Angustiis with the Reston Chorale, Lord Nelson Mass at the Beijing Concert Hall, Fauré's Requiem with both the Atlantic Union College and the Gemini Youth Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah with Commonwealth Opera. Mr. Poulis has also appeared in recital recently with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie's Weill Hall as well as in Washington D.C. with the Washington Vocal Arts Society.