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Issachah Savage


Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage is garnering acclaim as a “heldentenor par excellence” with “trumpet-like, clear, open-throated, powerful” singing (San Francisco Examiner).  Praised for his “impressive natural instrument” (Opera News). Mr. Savage is the winner of the Seattle International Wagner Competition earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize, and a special honor by Speight Jenkins. Next season, he sings Verdi’s Otello at Austin Lyric Opera, Manrico in Il trovatore at Seattle Opera, and makes his European debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Siegmund in Die Walküre with Opéra National de Bordeaux. He will also make his Chicago Symphony debut with Riccardo Muti as the Messenger in Aida. Mr. Savage made his role debut in Verdi’s Otello with Marco Parisotto conducting Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. He also made his Los Angeles Opera debut as Narraboth in Salome conducted by James Conlon and was heard with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars. Mr. Savage made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Verdi’s Ernani.  He has sung Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus to great critical acclaim and made his mainstage debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera.  He made his role debut in the title role of Rienzi with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall. He also debuted at Austin Lyric Opera as Radames in Aida and with the San Antonio Symphony as Manrico in Il trovatore under Sebastian Lang-Lessing.  Issachah Savage made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Radames in Aida opposite Liudmyla Monastyrksa and Dolora Zajick. On the concert stage, he sang Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Boston Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and L’Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine under Paul Daniel Philharmonic. At the Aspen Music Festival he sang Radames in Aida under conductor Robert Spano, a role he sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Jacques Lacombe.

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Video 5/2/2018: On One Accord: Musical Tribute to Jewish American and African American Composers

On One Accord: Musical Tribute to Jewish American and African American Composers weaves together two cultures—the music and message—featuring soprano Arianna Zukerman; tenor Issachah Savage; composer Samuel Post; narrator Betty Entzminger; and Artistic Director/pianist Dr. Lester Green, presented in collaboration with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).

Issachah Savage