Canadian tenor Adrian Kramer has joined opera companies throughout North America in recent seasons, earning critical praise for his vocal appeal and strong theatrical engagement. During the 2018-19 season Mr. Kramer appeared with Opera Philadelphia as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Omaha as Gérard in Philip Glass’ Les enfants terribles and Edmonton Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, as well as making his off-Broadway debut in collaboration with Ensemble for the Romantic Century as the Tenor in Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart.
Upcoming engagements include a return to Opera Philadelphia and a debut with Opera Saratoga covering the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly during the spring and summer of 2020, two role debuts with Opera San José as Don José in Carmen and Narraboth in Salome and returning to San Diego Opera in the spring of 2021 as 1st Armored Man / 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte.
Additional recent operatic commitments include an especially successful debut with San Diego Opera as Don José in La tragédie de Carmen, as well as performances with Opera Omaha, as Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and as Joe in the company premiere of La fanciulla del West, and Santa Fe Opera, where he performed Borsa in Rigoletto, the Second Nazarene in Salome, Owen’s Son in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and the Second Bodyguard in the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Mr. Kramer has also appeared with Toronto Operetta Theatre as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Toronto’s Opera 5 in a double bill of Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan and Hahn’s L’île du rêve, and Tapestry Opera in their multi-media Tap: Ex Revolutions.
A seasoned performer on the concert platform, Mr. Kramer’s oratorio and symphonic repertoire includes Elijah (Kingston Symphony Orchestra), Vaughan Williams’ Hodie (Talisker Players), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Canzona Chamber Players Orchestra), and Messiah (Sault Symphony Orchestra). Particularly in demand for operatic highlight concert programs, he has been heard in excerpt form as the Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Alfredo in La traviata with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Initially training as a baritone, Mr . Kramer’s professional credits in that repertoire include performances with Chicago Opera Theater, Canadian Opera Company, the Castleton Festival, Cal Performances, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Glimmerglass Opera.
He has fulfilled young artist residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. He was awarded the Campbell Wachter Memorial Award for Singers from Santa Fe Opera, the Chalmers Professional Development Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as winning the Louis Quilico Competition (grand prize) and the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition. Mr. Kramer is also a six-time grant recipient from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. He earned his MM in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music and his BM in Voice at the Juilliard School.