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James Kryshak



Biography

American Tenor James Kryshak made his professional opera debut in 2008 as Don Ottavio in Raylynmor Opera's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Other leading opera roles include; Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pellèas in Pellèas et Mèlisande, Camille in The Merry Widow, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, and the School Master in The Cunning Little Vixen.
 
In the autumn of 2015 Kryshak made his role debut as Pedrillo in David McVicar's production of Die Entführung aus dem Serial with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He then went on to reprise the role with Deutsche Oper Berlin in a new production by Argentinian Director, Rodrigo Garcia.  Currently he is an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and is seen in many production including; Salome, The Magic Flute, Tosca, La Traviata, and Carmen, among many others.
 
During the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 Seasons, Kryshak was an Ensemble member of the prestigious Vienna State Opera having made his debut in Vienna as Der Hirt in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.  Other roles included; Missail in Musorgsky's Boris Godunov; Borsa in Verdi's Rigoletto (new production 2014 by Pierre Audi);  Dritte Jude in Strauss's Salome (also performed as part of the series, Vienna City of Dreams, at Carnegie Hall in March 2014); Spoletta in Tosca; Scaramuccio in Strauss‘s Ariadne auf Naxos; Der Wirt in Strauss‘s Der Rosenkavalier; the School Master and Mosquito in Janacek‘s The Cunning Little Vixen; Heinrich der Schreiber in Wagner‘s Tannhäuser; L'Abate in Giordano's Andrea Chénier ; as well as several others.
 
Kryshak sang the role of Scaramuccio in a new production of Ariadne for the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival, which was broadcast live to the cinema and was released as a High Definition DVD in 2014.  
 
During the summer of 2012, he performed the role of Sellem, the Auctioneer, in The Rake's Progress with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist.  In May of 2012 Kryshak made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, both in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall, singing the Fourth Jew in Strauss's Salome under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst.
 
He spent two seasons with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he sang several roles including; Joe in La fanciulla del West, Amelia's Servant in Un ballo in maschera, the Second Nobleman in Lohengrin, the Herald in Rinaldo, and Monostatos in the Student Matinee performances of Die Zauberflöte, as well as several others.
 
Kryshak is also a passionate recitalist and has presented several concerts on various themes, including American Kaleidoscope--The Life and Songs of Stephen C. Foster; Live at Mayne Stage (Sunday Morning Recital Series broadcast on WFMT Radio Chicago, IL); Opera with Altitude--Music for the High Country; Broadway Favorites--This is the Moment; and many more.  He has also been a featured soloist with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Bernstein's Chichester Psalms), The Baroque Band of Chicago (Handel's Messiah and La Resurrezione), The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Beloit Janesville Symphony (Mozart Requiem).
James Kryshak