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JEFFREY WELLS

Bass-Baritone


     Jeffrey Wells has enjoyed success across the globe as an international opera singer for more than 20 years.  In the United States, Mr. Wells has sung leading roles in every major opera house, including San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, and a plethora of other regional opera companies.  Jeffrey has also been a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera for the past 20 years.  On Opening Night of the 1988/89 Metropolitan Opera Season, Mr. Wells made his debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore as a part of a star-studded cast:  Eva Marton, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti and Sherill Milnes, with James Levine conducting.  Since this auspicious debut, he has sung over 410 performances at the Met in roles such as Colline in La Boheme, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Timur in Turandot, Escamillo in Carmen, the King in Aida, Father Caputlet in Romeo et Juliette.  He also introduced his now famous role of Claggart in Billy Budd, with Maestro Sir Charles Mackerras as conductor. 


     Mr. Wells first attracted international attention at the Opera de Nice singing the role of Assur in Rossini's Semiramide to rave reviews.  Since his European debut, he has gone on to sing throughout Europe, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Israel.  Mr. Wells has garnered great success singing other roles such as Mephistopheles in Faust as well as the same role in La Damnation de Faust, Olin Blitch from the opera Susannah, Wotan in Das Rheingold, title role of Don Giovanni, and one of his most successful roles, Nick Shadow from the Rake's Progress as seen at the Glyndebourne Festival.   


     Mr. Wells can be seen in four "Live from the Met" telecasts, available on DVD.  These are Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, and I Lombardi, all three in the company of Luciano Pavarotti; and Carmen with the great Placido Domingo.  He was also a part of a Grammy Award-winning production of Antony and Cleopatra, singing the title role of Antony with the prestigious Spoleto Festival and recorded by New World Records.  You can also hear him in an Elf label recording of La Favorite as the powerful Baldasare as well as Telarc Record's recording of Mendelssohn's Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra.


     Mr. Wells is also a consummate concert performer known for his performances in the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Haydn's Creation.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Collegiate Chorale as bass soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle.

 

     Even though Mr. Wells is extremely versatile in his repertoire, he has concentrated on the Russian, French, Czech and English operas over the past 10 years.


     In February, 2013, Jeffrey will be celebrating his 22nd year as principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, in the production of Verdi's "La Traviata."