Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage won the Seattle International Wagner Competition, earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize, and a special honor. This season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as High Priest in Idomeneo and will debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Git Here. On the concert stage he debuted with the Danish National Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and National Symphony, and returned to the New York Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Last season, Mr. Savage returned to the Los Angeles Opera to sing the title role in Tannhäuser. On the concert stage he sang Beethoven’s Ninth with the Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and joined the Rotterdam Philharmonic for several concert performances of Das Rheingold. Recent debuts include the St. Louis Symphony and Handel and Haydn Society for Beethoven’s Ninth, and the Colorado Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.

In addition to his 2012 grand prize in the Marcello Giordani International Competition, Mr. Savage has received awards, honors, and career grants from the Wagner societies of New York, Washington, DC, and Northern California; Licia Albanese International Puccini Foundation; Olga Forrai Foundation; Gerda Lissner Foundation; Jensen Vocal Competition; Opera Index; and Giulio Gari Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in opera voice performance from the Catholic University of America.

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