Biography

“. . .and Liam Moran filled out the operatic household with fresh voices and lively acting, Moran’s touching coat song emerging as another appealing moment.”    –Opera News

Liam Moran has been described as “an arresting bass” (Palm Beach Post), “impressive and authoritative” (Baltimore Sun), praised as a “sturdy bass who sings with affecting gravity” (New York Times) and noted for his “easy manner and deliciously rich instrument,” (Miami New Times) and “resonant gravitas” (Opera News). In the 2014-2015 season, Liam was featured with Washington Concert Opera as Lorenzo in Bellini’s I Capuletti e i Montecchi, after which he debuted with Madison Opera as Don Fernando in Fidelio and the Kansas City Symphony in The Messiah and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Don Carlo. The 2015-2016 season included his return to Madison Opera as Colline in La bohème and Verdi’s Requiem with the Finger Lakes Choral Society. Future seasons will see returns to Boston Lyric Opera, Madison Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

The 2013-2014 season saw Liam join the Metropolitan Opera roster for Shostakovich’s The Nose, return to Boston Lyric Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and Gualtiero in I puritani, appear with the Madison Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem and at Augustana College for The Messiah. In the 2012-2013 season, Liam returned to Opera Omaha as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata and to Annapolis Opera for Sparafucile in Rigoletto, reprised Il commendatore in Don Giovanni at Kentucky Opera, and joined American Opera Project’s production of The Blind, which was presented at the Lincoln Center Festival. Liam also appeared at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue for their annual Messiah, which he also performed at Avery Fisher Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York. The 2011-2012 season included his return to Pittsburgh Opera as Dr. Grenvil, to Annapolis Opera for Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila with Washington Concert Opera, and Opera Omaha for Norton in Rossini’s The Marriage Contract.

Other recent appearances include Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera, Colline La bohème  with Austin Lyric Opera, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Annapolis Opera and excerpts of the same at the Virginia Arts Festival for Amadeus – a co-production of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Theater Company.  In two seasons with Wolf Trap Opera he performed roles including Zuniga in Carmen, Sirocco in L’Étoile, Melisso in Alcina, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos.  He was featured as a guest artist performing the role of Seneca in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Program production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, sang in Handel’s Messiah with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, performed the dual roles of Masetto and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Ash Lawn Opera and debuted with Opera Omaha as Angelotti in Tosca. He is also an avid recitalist, and has been featured at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.

Liam is an alumnus the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program where he sang featured roles in productions including Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly, The Rape of Lucretia, Aida, La bohème and Flight.   He has taken part in the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera and in the prestigious Merola Opera program with San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Moran’s concert repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to contemporary composers, and he has performed with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Musica Angelica, Madison Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and Washington Concert Opera.  A lover of new music, he has sung under the batons of John Adams and Krzysztof Penderecki and performed in premieres of works by David Carlson, Steven Hartke, Lera Auerbach and Richard Rodney Bennett.  He is a graduate of both McGill University in Montreal and the Yale School of Music and, in his biggest role yet, is the devoted father of a two year-old.

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In Review: Liam Moran sings Messiah in Kansas City

“Liam Moran sang the bass solos with a well-supported flexibility that carried the scriptures throughout the room with prophetic authority. “The people that walked in darkness,” was expressively well-intoned, with the sense of a good actor. His sweet middle C led beautifully into the downward scale in, “For behold, darkness … read more

In Review: Moran as Saprafucile in “Rigoletto” with Annapolis Opera

“Resonant bass Liam Moran delivered a commanding Sparafucile, a performance made especially striking by its spare, unemotional portrayal.” -Baltimore Sun

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