Edward Graves

Tenor Edward Graves, a 2019-20 Studio Artist at Michigan Opera Theatre, covered Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and sang Rinuccio in a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost. He also stood by for the role of Luis Rodrigo Griffith in Champion.  Highlights of the 2018-19 season included his Seattle Opera debut as Robbins in Porgy and Bess and a return to the Glimmerglass Festival for the world premiere of Blue. In 2017-18, Edward was a Baumgartner Studio Artist at Florentine Opera where he performed the roles of St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, Shepherd/ Sailor in Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas, and 2nd Priest/1st Armored Man in The Magic Flute. Edward was the tenor soloist in Florentine Opera’s Viva Opera! Opera’s greatest hits concert and premiered the role of Buzz/Child in the children’s opera A Busy Bee.

Edward received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Wisconsin District in 2017. That same year he was a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival where he sang the role of Peter and covered the role of Robbins in Porgy and Bess, also performing the role of Fred in Oklahoma!  He received his Performer Diploma and Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Patricia Havranek. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Towson University as a student of Aaron Sheehan. While at Towson, he performed the roles of Calandrino in Mozart’s The Goose of Cairo, Cinderella’s Father in Into the Woods, Dudley in John Davies’ children’s opera Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. In 2011 he participated in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, performing scenes from The Merry WidowShowboat, and Regina.

Toward the end of his graduate studies, Edward transitioned from baritone to tenor. Previous Indiana University Opera Theater appearances include Brühlmann in Massenet’s Werther, ensemble in Verdi’s La Traviata, The Doctor/ensemble in Menotti’s The Last Savage, ensemble in The Magic Flute, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Grimoaldo in Rodelinda, and Constable Locke/ ensemble in The Music Man.

In 2020 Mr. Graves debuted with the Baltimore Concert Opera. His Lincoln Center debut with Mostly Mozart in Blue was canceled due to Covid 19. 2021 engagements include a role and house debut in a filmed version of Bastien and Bastienne with Raylynmor Opera, the world premiere of the JFK Chorale with the Minot University Symphony, a concert debut with the LaPorte Symphony, Gary Wedow conducting, and his debut in the role of Tamino in a new English translation of The Magic Flute with InSeries Opera. Edward will join the prestigious Merola program at San Francisco Opera, followed by a return to Michigan Opera Theatre for Blue, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, John DeMain conducting.

May 2021