Quade Winter

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In 23 years as a dramatic tenor, Oregon-born Quade Winter has sung the masterpieces of Strauss, Janáček, Verdi, Donizetti, Wagner, Mozart, Bach, Händel, Beethoven and many others. He has sung over 40 roles in the USA, Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, France, Yugoslavia, Mexico, and Switzerland, appearing at La Scala, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, and with the opera companies of San Francisco, Graz, Scottish Opera, Seattle, Boston, Wellington, Toronto, and Minnesota, among others. His repertoire included Strauss's Salome (over 20 productions), Puccini's Turandot, and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (in Italian, German, and English). As a composer, his operas Thespis and The carp have received their world premieres in 1996 and 1999 with the Ohio Light Opera under the direction of James Stuart and Steven Daigle. Since 1997 he held the post of Composer in Residence for the OLO, reconstructing the scores of Victor Herbert's Eileen, Sweethearts, and The red mill from the composer's manuscript scores. These performance were published on CD.

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Mr. Winter's engagements included Erik in Der fliegende Holländer for Sacramento Opera, Herod in Salome for Knoxville Opera, Ägisth in Elektra for Hawaii Opera Theatre, Herod for Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Opera de las Americas in the Dominican Republic, and a San Francisco recital; further Laca in Jenůfa for Canadian Opera Company and Portland Opera, Herod for Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Columbus, and Arizona Opera, Ägisth for Canadian Opera Company, Siegmund in a concert version of Die Walküre, Act I, for Colorado Springs Symphony, Canio in Pagliacci for Sacramento Opera, and Manrico in Il trovatore for Piedmont Opera. In Ottawa and New Orleans, he made his respective debuts as Herod.

His Oceanic debut took place as Calaf in Turandot for Wellington Opera, New Zealand, followed by his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Verdi's Requiem. He also sang Calaf for New York City Opera, Canio for National Grand Opera, Don José in Mobile Opera's Carmen, in NYCO's The magic flute, and Cavaradossi in New York City Opera's National Company's Tosca, as well as, respectively, Turiddu and Canio in the double bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci for the MacAllister Awards and Opera Festival.

Notable concert appearances included the title role in the American premieres of Janáček's The excursions of Mr. Brouček and Pfitzner's Palestrina with the Berkeley Symphony, as well as a soloist in the West Coast premiere of Messiaen's La transfiguration de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ, all under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano. Herod in Salome has served as a key role for the talents of Mr. Winter throughout his career. Besides his performances with the opera companies of Utah, Virginia, Minnesota, Columbus and Arizona, he has also sung it in Heidelberg, Würzburg, and with the Seattle Opera.

In 1982 he made his European debut singing Herman in Queen of spades in Graz. In the same season he made his debut at La Scala in the title role of Cherubini's Anacreon and toured former Yugoslavia in the title role of Parsifal with the Graz Opera. As the principal dramatic tenor with the Stadttheater Würzburg in West Germany, his appearances included the title role in Don Carlo, Lenskij in Eugene Onegin, Herod, Canio and the title role in Hindemith's Cardillac.

Quade Winter made his operatic debut in San Francisco singing Max in Der Freischütz. He also sang Erik in The flying dutchman with Boston Lyric Opera, with Scottish Opera in his debut as Mark in The midsummer marriage, Don José in Graz, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Connecticut Opera, and Ismaele in Nabucco at the San Francisco Opera.

Critical acclaim

As Calaf in Turandot:
"His voice is robust and suitably noble in the big arias. Yes – 'Nessun dorma' was great!" – CAPITAL TIMES, Wellington, NZ
"Quade Winter is one the those American singers who sound naturally Italianate. He made much of 'Nessun dorma', and he was superb in his duet work with Liù and Turandot." – THE DOMINION, Wellington, NZ
"Quade Winter was in full command of his role and his tenor was heroic in size." – OPERA

As Herod in Salome:
"Quade Winter is the essence of realism in the role of Herod. A limpid, dramatic tenor, he oozes oiliness, exudes perversity, emits a tired kind of debauchery, and exhibits all of the nuances of fear, of anguish, at the terror." – LE DROIT, Ottawa, Canada
"Quade Winter's Herod is a perfect role model for sexual voyeurs and syphilitic opportunists." – THE OTTAWA SUN
"Chilling was Quade Winter as Herod, who used his powerful, strident tenor voice to portray the man who pays dearly for promising anything to Salome." – NORFOLK DAILY PRESS
"In Salome, Quade Winter made a stunning impression as Herod. His tenor soared even as he convinced you by his eyes alone that he was a loony capable of murdering his stepdaughter on a psychotic whim." – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"In both acting and voice, Quade Winter, a member of the ensemble, was equally convincing as her opponent Herod. Vocally powerful or cajoling, threatening, commanding, lecherous, his voice could adjust to the dramatic situation with no apparent effort. One felt the great commitment that came from the stage. Beautiful high notes, with metal though without harshness, a baritonal shine in the top and medium range, and a well supported lower range made for a harmonious vocal picture. Mr. Winter also gave great pleasure in his enunciation, and his text was clear and distinctly understood." – OPER UND KONZERT
"Tenor Quade Winter is an ideal Herod, a singing actor who explores every nuance of this weak bully of a tetrarch. He is great as he tries to dissuade her from her gory quest." – DESERET NEWS
"Quade Winter's throaty tenor lent itself well to his portrayal of the weak-kneed Herod." – SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
"Tenor Quade Winter extracted all the neurotic ambivalence from Herod." – OPERA NEWS

As Siegmund in Die Walküre:
"Winter has a bright, energetic voice and excellent diction." – GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, Colorado Springs

As Laca in Jenůfa: "The debuting American tenor Quade Winter made a gruff bear of a Laca, who applied his physical bulk and bright tenor equally convincingly to the task of characterization." – TORONTO STAR

As Canio in Pagliacci and Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana: "It is impossible to imagine a successful 'Pagliacci' without a ringing rendition of Canio's anguished cry of 'Ridi, Pagliaccio', and tenor Quade Winter earned an ovation with it." – SACRAMENTO BEE
"He is a fine actor by operatic standards and a singer possessed of a strong voice, capable of great passion." – INDIANAPOLIS NEWS
"Finally we have Canio, sung by Quade Winter, a true dramatic tenor. His voice filled the house, and his aria 'Vesti la giubba'... stopped the show." – ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

As Cavaradossi in Tosca:
"The entire performance was thoroughly professional, and to my ear, bested only by Quade Winter's superbly emotive and powerful Cavaradossi." – BIRMINGHAM NEWS

As Sergej in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk:
"Quade Winter, taking over the role of Sergei on short notice, had a strong high-lying tenor to overcome the fierce orchestral competition, plus charm enough to make Katerina's infatuation credible." – OPERA NEWS

As the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier:
"A highlight of the evening was the honeyed Italianate tone of Quade Winter as the tenor in Act I, a rich find indeed!" – OPERA CANADA

As Orlando in Orlando Paladino:
"Quade Winter had the heroic music, and the tenor to do it, with ringing qualities, and a surprising lightness for those passages expressing Orlando's vulnerability. Winter's voice and control have become increasingly impressive, his musicianship and confidence strong. He is moving steadily towards the major chance that surely lies ahead for him. Orlando's weeping and emotional carryings on got deft acting from Winter as well." – Robert Commanday, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Operatic repertoire

Beethoven                   FIDELIO                         Florestan
Berg                        WOZZECK                         Drum major
Bizet                       CARMEN                          Don José 
Britten                     ALBERT HERRING                  Mr. Upfold
Cherubini                   ANACREON                        Anacreon                     
Hindemith                   CARDILLAC                       Apprentice
Janáček                     THE EXCURSIONS OF MR. BROUČEK   Brouček
                            JENŮFA                          Laca
Leoncavallo                 PAGLIACCI                       Canio
Mascagni                    CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA            Turiddu
Pfizner                     PALESTRINA                      Palestrina
Puccini                     TOSCA                           Cavaradossi
                            TURANDOT                        Calaf 
Shostakovich                LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK         Sergej
Strauss, R.                 DER ROSENKAVALIER               Italian singer
                            DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN          Kaiser
                            ELEKTRA                         Ägisth
                            SALOME                          Herod
Tchaikovsky                 EUGENE ONEGIN                   Lenskij
                            PIQUE DAME                      Herman
Tippet                      THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE          Mark
Verdi                       AIDA                            Radames
                            DON CARLO                       Don Carlo
                            SIMON BOCCANEGRA                Gabriele
                            LUISA MILLER                    Rodolfo  
                            NABUCCO                         Ismaele
                            OTELLO                          Otello
                            STIFFELIO                       Stiffelio
Wagner                      PARSIFAL                        Parsifal
                            DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER         Erik
                            DAS LIEBESVERBOT                Claudio
                            TANNHÄUSER                      Tannhäuser
                            DIE WALKÜRE                     Siegmund
Weber                       DER FREISCHÜTZ                  Max
Weill                       THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY   Fatty
                            OF MAHAGONNY       

Orchestral repertoire
          
Beethoven                   NINTH SYMPHONY
                            MASS IN C
                            CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
Berlioz                     LELIO
                            REQUIEM
Handel                      JUDAS MACCABAEUS
                            ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Mahler                      DAS KLAGENDE LIED
                            DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
Markevitch                  LE PARADIS PERDU
Messiaen                    TRANSFIGURATION DE JÉSUS CHRIST
Rossini                     STABAT MATER
Verdi                       REQUIEM 
Quade Winter joins the ensemble in Simon Boccanegra: Plebei, patrizi, popolo!, with Giuseppe Taddei, Piroska Vargha and Kolos Kováts
More a Taddei recording actually, but it's difficult to find live recordings of Quade Winter.

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
I wish to thank Quade Winter for the information.

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