JEFFREY DOWD – tenor
Born in New York City, Jeffrey Dowd attended Coe College and Yale University, receiving his Masters Degree at Indiana University, where he was an assistant instructor studying voice with Margaret Harshaw.
His operatic repertory encompasses major roles in operas including Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, and Britten´s Peter Grimes. He has performed Florestan in Beethoven´s Fidelio at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Frankfurt Opera, Don Josè in Carmen with the Houston Grand Opera, The Prince in Rusalka at the Seattle Opera, Der Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and Lohengrin at the Teatro Real in Madrid as well as the Hamburg Opera. In the Spring of 2003, he made his debut as Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona where he has also sung Sergei in Shostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk and Grigory/Dimitri in Boris Godunov. His debut as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was at The Flemish National Opera In Antwerp. He has subsequently sung this role at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, in Stuttgart, Zurich, and in January, 2004, at the Vienna State Opera. Jeffrey Dowd performed in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Flemish National Opera, Wozzeck and Tiefland in Barcelona. He performed the title role in a new production of Schreker´s Der Schatzgräber at the Frankfurt Opera, Laca in Jenufa in Hamburg and Sao Paolo, Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg at the Bard Summerscape Fesival, and Pollione in Norma at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, where he has been engaged since 1994, singing dozens of leading roles, including those in the acclaimed Strauss and Wagner productions conducted there by Stefan Soltesz.
He took part in a live radio broadcast from the Cologne Philharmonie in a concert production of Strauss´s Daphne conducted by Semyon Bychkov with whom he also sang the role of Apollo in the Canary Islands in Feb., 2005.
As a concert soloist, Jeffrey Dowd has sung at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. He has participated in radio broadcasts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Jeanne D‘arc au Boucher (Honegger), from the 2001 Salzburger Festspiele and Das Lied von der Erde , and Hindemith´s Mathis der Maler in Vienna, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, which he sang during the Vienna ”Festwochen” in June of 2005.
A photograph of Jeffrey Dowd and Evelyn Helitius as Tristan and Isolde was on the cover of Opernwelt in Feb., 2007. He was twice voted best singer in a German critics poll for his Siegmund in Die Walkure (Aalto Theater, 2009). Future highlights include Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Götterdämmerung at the Aalto Theater. Jeffrey Dowd is a cover artist at the Bayreuther Festspiele.