Instructor of Voice
Carl Halvorson is known internationally as a concert, opera and recital artist. Described as “magnetic, his high-ranging tenor never losing depth or substance” (Boston Herald), “magnificent” (New York Times), “outstanding, a tenor who commands Britten’s expressive idiom (Boston Globe), “…emphatic - a singer of unquestioned dramatic gifts and vocal polish” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), “Halvorson’s clearly articulated tenor was a pleasure to hear” (London Times), and “the extravagant gifts of tenor Carl Halvorson… warrant extended comment, but suffice it to say that (he) sang with rare tonal beauty and passionate commitment… a pinnacle of achievement” (Washington Post), he has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Ensemble, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble under such conductors as Masur, Dutoit, Ozawa, Rilling, Leppard, Kitayenko, DePriest, Llewellyn, Rozhdestvensky, Delfs, Nelson, Flor, and Wolff.
He has given over 80 recitals at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the Kennedy Center and National Gallery in Washington D.C. Operatic performances include leading roles with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Boston Opera, Arizona Opera, Tokyo Opera Nomori, London’s Barbican Centre and Berkshire Opera. Following training at Yale and Juilliard he won many vocal competitions, including the Young Concert Artists International Competition. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bagby and Sullivan Foundations, and has recorded for numerous labels.