Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as the Tenor and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, a role he has covered with the Canadian Opera Company.
Mr. Honeywell has been acclaimed by Anthony Tommasini as a performer who brings burnished sound and crisp diction to the sweeping vocal lines, full of leaps and dips. Mr. Honeywell returned to the Canadian Opera Company in the 2013 – 2014 season as Bob Boles opposite Ben Heppner in Peter Grimes. He also reprised the role of Captain Vere with Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro in Mareclo Lombardo's production of Billy Budd, originally staged in Santiago, Chile. Orchestral engagements include Orff's Carmina Burana with the Vancouver Symphony.
Mr. Honeywell made a breakthrough in the 2012/13 season when Opera News considered his Peter Grimes with Des Moines Metro Opera to be a a career-defining interpretation delivering a prodigious vocal performance impressive for its remarkable skill in dynamic shading, as well as its dramatic power. The season also saw Mr. Honeywell as Aegisth in Sir David McVicar's production of Elektra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Honeywell also returned to Portland Opera to sing Cavaradossi in Tosca with Portland Opera. Later in the season Mr. Honeywell returned to Vancouver Opera to sing Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
Mr. Honeywell's exciting 2011-2012 season included appearances with Portland Opera in their opening night gala as well as in the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with the Fort Worth Opera as Cavaradossi, and with the Bard Festival as Midas in Die Liebe der Danae. He also appeared in concert with the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Tucson Symphony.
Career highlights include the role of James Nolan in Doctor Atomic with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which he then reprised with the Metropolitan Opera for his debut there in 2008, Danilo in The Merry Widow with Chicago Lyric Opera, and Segismundo with Santa Fe Opera in Lewis Spratlan's Pulitzer Prize winning Life Is a Dream, his role debut as Cavaradosi in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Narraboth in Salome with Opéra de Montréal, the American première of Tan Dun's Tea: a Mirror of Soul with Santa Fe Opera, and the world première of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera, Macduff in Macbeth with the Opéra de Montréal, his debut with Fort Worth Opera as Don José in Carmen, and a world première of Paul Moravec's The Letter with the Santa Fe Opera. He has also made role debuts of Erik in The Flying Dutchman for Utah Opera and Don José in Carmen with Calgary Opera, as well as Rodolfo in La Bohème for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West for Glimmerglass Opera.
Other notable performances include the role of Laca in a new production of Jenufa by Jonathan Miller for Glimmerglass Opera and Leukippos in a new production of Daphne at the New York City Opera, his Seattle Opera debut as von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the Omaha Opera, and the world première of Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
After a career as an actor in Canada working at many of the country's foremost companies including five seasons with the Shaw Festival and five seasons with the Stratford Festival , Mr Honeywell joined the Canadian Opera Company's young artist program where he was heard in the title role of Antonio Sartorio's Giulio Cesare and Narraboth in Salome. He then joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Center where he sang Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance with Elizabeth Futral.
In addition to his opera performances Mr. Honeywell has performed concert work with The Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre school in Toronto and has received numerous awards, among which are a Dora Mavor Moore award for his performance as Arnaud de Tilh in The House of Martin Guerre, a Maureen Forrester Award and a Tyrone Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival.
Honeywell's stage sense is second to none, so his judiciously nuanced dramatic performance was foreseeable; the tenor has come into his own technically as well and delivered a prodigious vocal performance impressive for its remarkable skill in dynamic shading, as well as its dramatic power.
Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News
Above, Roger Honeywell is Rodolfo in La Bohème for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, with Ermonela Jaho as Mimi. Production by Robert B. Driver, Conductor: Corrado Rovaris, Scenery: Boyd Ostroff, Costumes: Richard St. Clair, Lighting: Ruth Hutson. Videography by Boyd Ostroff. 2006.