Baritone Joseph Lattanzi is gaining notice for his “robust vocalism,” “unmistakable charisma,” and “undeniable star potential.” A 2017 recipient of a top prize from the Sullivan Foundation, Joseph Lattanzi established himself as a singer to watch with his portrayal of Hawkins Fuller in the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera, followed by further performances for his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Praise for his performances included The New York Times saying “Joseph Lattanzi was splendid as Hawk, his buttery baritone luxuriant and robust.” and Opera News described him as a “confident, handsome presence, and a resonant baritone suggesting wells of feeling that the character might prefer to leave untapped.” The 2019-2020 season holds a return to the role of Hawkins Fuller with Arizona Opera, a return to Virginia Opera as Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster for two productions.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Lattanzi joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for the first time for their production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie and returned to Arizona Opera for the role of Lt. Auderbert in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. He made his Jacksonville Symphony debut in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, sang Carmina Burana with the Rochester Philharmonic, sang a concert celebrating the music of Bernstein with Atlanta Symphony, and returned to Cincinnati Opera as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Recent performances include his New York debut as Hawkins Fuller at PROTOTYPE Festival; his debut with Virginia Opera as Sonora in La fanciulla del West, followed by performances of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; performances with Atlanta Opera as Le Dancaïre in Carmen and Anthony in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd; and West Side Story at Grand Tetons Music Festival with Donald Runnicles.
Equally at home in standard and new repertoire, Lattanzi has created roles in workshops of operas by Matthew Aucoin (Eurydice), Gregory Spears (Fellow Travelers), Jake Heggie (Great Scott), Daniel Catán (Meet John Doe), and Clint Borzoni (The Copper Queen). In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Lattanzi was recognized by Opera News Magazine for his “fresh, bright baritone voice” as Moralès with Seattle Opera. As a member of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, he also performed the roles of Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Albert in Massenet’s Werther. The Mableton, GA native has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In addition to two summers at the Merola Opera Program, he has participated in programs at the Brevard Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute Voice Program.
Joseph can be heard on the World Premiere audio recording of Fellow Travelers, available for purchase digitally and on CD, and on all major streaming audio platforms.