Soloman Howard is a recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. His 2017-18 season features international opera house debuts on three continents: he sings Timur in Turandot for San Francisco Opera, the King in Aïda at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Commendatore in Don Giovanni for the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile. Other notable opera performances of the season include Aïda at Washington National Opera, Rigoletto at North Carolina Opera, and Madama Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera. In concert, the bass sings his first Hunding in Die Walküre at the Miami Music Festival and joins the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera on tour in Asia for performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This performance marks his San Francisco Symphony debut. Last season Mr. Howard returned to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Aïda, and he performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. The Anti-Defamation League presented Soloman Howard with their “Making a Difference Award” in summer 2016 for raising awareness of voting rights though his performances of Philip Glass’s Appomattox at the Kennedy Center and for bringing opera into the larger community. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Morgan State University.