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Jonathan Charles Tay
Singaporean tenor Jonathan Charles Tay is one of the leading opera singers to emerge from his home country in this generation. His clear lyric tone and commitment to text and drama have contributed to his increasing presence on opera and concert stages. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, New York City, and attained his Master of Music in Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Jonathan is also co-founder and co-artistic director of Singaporean Opera Company, The Opera People. They were founded in 2018 and have since produced multiple staged and digital presentations, including five opera productions.
Tay’s past performance highlights include Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Singapore Lyric Opera and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie with Singapore Symphony Orchestra. With TOP, Jonathan performed Der Zwerg in Dwarf by Alexander Zemlinksy and Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, as well as Mozart’s masterpiece Idomeneo in Singapore’s first ever opera film. This season, he sings Oronte in Handel’s Alcina with The Opera People as well as Rodolfo in La Boheme with Musician’s Initiative.
Jonathan’s recent concert highlights include Before Life and After with Singapore International Festival of Arts, as well as Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn with Orchestra of the Music Makers.
Other credits include performances with Singapore Chinese Orchestra, SPOT Opera, L’arietta Productions, Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, NUS Symphony Orchestra, Richard Wagner Association (SG), The Arts Place, New Opera Singapore and Opera Viva. Jonathan’s performances have garnered praise from OPERA magazine as “excellent and very lyrical”.