Known for his “over-the-top committed” portrayals and “agile character tenor,” Dylan Anthony Morrongiello is an emerging tenor from Indialantic, Florida and a graduate of the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he was a recipient of the Elva Kalb Dumas Prize in Music. Dylan was a recent winner of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Gulf Coast Region. He was also named a winner in the Houston District.
This summer, Dylan makes his company debut with Central City Opera as a member of the apprentice artist program. He will make his role debut as Goro in Madama Butterfly at the Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee and will also cover Red Whiskers in Britten’s Billy Budd. In November, Dylan will make another company debut with Cincinnati Song Initiative, performing songs of John Musto at Ithaca College.
Dylan is currently a member of the Florida Grand Opera studio, where he has been seen as Don Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro and Mr. Ford in Frida. While in Miami, he also performed frequently in concerts and as part of the SongFest recital series.
On the operatic stage, Mr. Morrongiello was recently seen as Il Podestà in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and as the Jazz Trio in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Shepherd School Opera. Dylan made his debut as a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2017, where he performed the role of Ali Hakim in Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and sang in numerous concert and ancillary events, including a special appearance with Stephen Schwartz, and covered roles in Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He returned in 2018 to perform the combined roles of the Schoolmaster and the Mosquito in a new English-lanuguage production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and covered the role of the Kronprinz in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. He has also appeared as Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a young artist for their 2015 and 2016 summer seasons. While there, he sang in several concerts and covered roles in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
In concert, Dylan was recently featured as the tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John’s Passion and Magnificat with the Bach Society Houston. He also appeared as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion with the Rice University Chorale, under the direction of Thomas I. Jaber. Dylan appeared in a coproduction with Da Camera of Houston and the Moody Center for the Arts of Sarah Rothenberg’s multimedia production “A Proust Sonata”.
As an advocate for new and socially progressive operatic work, Dylan has frequently performed in new works. Most recently, he created the role of The Voice He in Franklin Piland’s Rose Made Man, an opera focusing on transgender issues, in collaboration with the Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas at Austin School of Theatre and Dance. Also at the University of Texas at Austin, Dylan appeared in the orchestral premiere of David Hanlon’s Past the Checkpoints, a piece telling the stories of undocumented immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley.
An avid supporter of the art song repertory, Dylan is a frequent recitalist and champion of American art song. Dylan attended the SongFest Institute in Los Angeles, California in 2014, where he was awarded a Schubert Fellowship to study and perform art song repertoire. He appeared in many public master classes and concerts, including a special program celebrating the songs and poetry of California, featuring poet laureate and former NEA chairman Dana Gioia.
Previous roles include L’Aumonier and Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Tobias (Sweeney Todd). Dylan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Jack G. Taylor Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts. He currently studies with Julie Simson.