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“Madamina,” Mozart’s Don Giovanni

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Verdi’s Nabucco


“Madamina,” Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Verdi’s Nabucco


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Philip Cokorinos

Bass-Baritone

Hailed by Opera Newsfor his “comedic high jinks” and “first-rate singing,” Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985, and went on to sing his début during the Met’s 1987-1988 season.  Since then, he appeared in more than 375 performances of 35 operas at The Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world première ofThe Ghosts of Versailles; and The Met’s premières of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Gambler, to name a few. He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire including Tosca, La bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur, La rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, Don Carlo, Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, Le nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Maestro James Levine, and Shostakovich’s verismo expressionist opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.  His recent appearances at this esteemed house include several The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts including Manon, La fanciulla del West, The Nose, Werther, Le nozze di Figaroand Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Jun
2016

Jun-22
to
Jun-26
Florencia en el Amazonas
Riolobo
New York City Opera
New York City, NY
Nov
2016

Nov-07
to
Jan-14
La bohème
Benoit/Alcindoro
Metropolitan Opera
New York City, NY
Nov-14
to
Dec-10
Manon Lescaut
Innkeeper
Metropolitan Opera
New York City, NY
Feb
2017

Feb-16
to
Mar-09
Werther
Johann
Metropolitan Opera
New York City, NY
Mar
2017

Mar-31
to
Apr-05
La campana sommersa
The Priest
New York City Opera
New York, NY
Apr
2017

Apr-22
to
May-13
Tosca
Sacristan
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles, CA
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…first-rate singing…
 La Cenerentola  “With his double takes and well-handled comedic high jinks, not to mention first-rate singing, bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos could hardly have been stronger as [Don] Magnifico.” – Opera News 
…outstanding combination of actor and singer…
Il barbiere di Siviglia In the cast, probably the most outstanding combination of actor and singer is Philip Cokorinos, whose performance of music master Don Basilio’s lecture on slander, “La Calunnia,” literally stopped the show with long applause.” Sacramento Bee
…rolling, commanding baritone…
The Cunning Little Vixen Surpassed by a tremendous performance from Philip Cokorinos as “Bartos, the Forester.” Mr. Cokorinos’ rolling, commanding baritone; his heartfelt outpouring of thoroughly internalized text; and his sympathetic demeanor didn’t just merely touch me, but rather became the heart of the piece, making the opera work for me in a way that no previous mounting had.”Opera Today
…rich, ringing baritone…
Don Giovanni Vocally, Philip Cokorinos shines as the gem in the cast as Leporello.With rich, ringing baritone notes, he often outshines his master in vocal abilities.He has fine acting chops as well, easily milking laughs from his often laughable character.”The Emory Wheel
…strong projection of character …
L’Amore dei Tre Re Philip Cokorinos, as the blind Archibaldo, who strangles his faithless daughter-in-law, stood out from the fine cast for his commanding voice and strong projection of character.”Opera News
Hailed by Opera Newsfor his “comedic high jinks” and “first-rate singing,” Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985, and went on to sing his début during the Met’s 1987-1988 season.  Since then, he appeared in more than 375 performances of 35 operas at The Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world première ofThe Ghosts of Versailles; and The Met’s premières of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Gambler, to name a few. He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire including Tosca, La bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur, La rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, Don Carlo, Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, Le nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Maestro James Levine, and Shostakovich’s verismo expressionist opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.  His recent appearances at this esteemed house include several The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts including Manon, La fanciulla del West, The Nose, Werther, Le nozze di Figaroand Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

This season he will be débuting the role of Riolobo at New York City Opera in their production of Florencia en el Amazonas. He will also be making returns to the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera. With the Metropolitan Opera, he will portray the role of Innkeeper in their production of Manon Lescaut, Johann in Werther and will perform in their production of La bohème. Subsequently, he will be reprising the role of Sacristan in Tosca for Los Angeles Opera and perform the role of the Priest in La campana sommersa with New York City Opera.

A house favorite with Los Angeles Opera, he’s appeared many times with the esteemed opera house. In past seasons he made a triumphant return to Los Angeles Opera for their “Beaumarchais Trilogy,” singing Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Pasha in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, all under Maestro James Conlon. He later returned as Betto di Signa in their production of Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci. He also appeared in a variety of roles with the house including Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, Baron Duphol in La traviata, Sacristan in Tosca, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette, and Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi  with director Woody Allen.

Elsewhere in recent seasons, heperformed the title role in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, Daland in Der fliegende Holländerwith Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and added Swallow in Peter Grimes to his many roles with Chautauqua Opera, which include Méphistophélès in Faust,Oroveso in Norma, The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen,and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.  With Opera Colorado, he sang Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Sacristan in Tosca; with the Spoleto Festival USA, Coley in Flora and Capellio in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and with Central City Opera, Don Marco in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, and his most frequently performed role: Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Additional engagements in the US include Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Carolina and Nashville Opera; Rocco in Fidelio with Palm Beach Opera; and Timur in Turandot with Florida Grand Opera.  Canadian appearances include Banquo in Macbeth with Edmonton Opera and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Calgary Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa.

On the concert stage, Mr. Cokorinos’ notable symphonic appearances include Haydn’s Creation and Händel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Herod in Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ telecast with NHK Symphony in Tokyo.  He appeared in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra; Cincinnati May Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Spokane Symphony; Jacksonville Symphony; The Little Orchestra Society of New York; and in several performances with Opera Orchestra of New York including Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Raimondo in Wagner’s Rienzi, Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Astarote in Armida, Cardinal de Brogni in La Juive, the Prefect in Linda di Chamounix, Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, staged in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His discography includes two works of Hector Berlioz with the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit: Herod in L’enfance du Christ and Wagner in Huit Scenes de Faust,both released on DECCA. He can also be heard on the world-première recording of Stephen Paulus’ oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vanska.

 

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