Acclaimed by opera and concertgoers worldwide, dramatic baritone Lester Lynch is regarded as that most prized of operatic singers, a true Verdi baritone. He is also one of today’s foremost interpreters of African American spirituals and folk hymns. An accomplished pianist and arranger, his musicality was nurtured early. Hearing his grandmother sing hymns as she worked about the house provided a lasting soundscape, one that would later link the seemingly disparate worlds of folksong and grand opera. He applies the same thoughtful and intelligent study to each art form. Whether performing an aria or a spiritual, his powerful voice and commanding presence move audiences universally. While he has recorded the classical repertoire, On My Journey Now is his first presentation of the spirituals that are so meaningful to him. Significantly, throughout his career, Lynch has been an outspoken advocate for justice in America’s minority communities, the very justice for which many of these spirituals cry out. He is honored to share this noble heritage of song.
Lester Lynch has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has sung with the leading orchestras of the world, among them, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony. He is featured as Crown in a DVD of the San Francisco Opera production of Porgy and Bess. On the Pentatone label, he can be heard in Plumpjack, December Celebration, Joan and the Bells, and as Iago in Otello.
Gordon Getty - Plump Jack
Getty - The Little Match Girl
DECEMBER CELEBRATION New Carols by Seven American Composers
Verdi - Otello
On My Journey Now
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Puccini: Il Tabarro
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