Bass Liam Moran has been praised in Opera News for his “smooth, ample bass and a flair for characterization“. Recent season appearances include Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera, Dottore Grenvil in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of La Traviata, 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. Liam has performed with prominent conductors such as Harry Bicket, Richard Bonynge, Antony Walker and Christopher Larkin. He is a recent alumnus of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program where he sang featured roles in productions including Le nozze di Figaro, Eugene Onegin, The Rape of Lucretia, Aida, La bohème and Flight. He was featured as a guest artist to sing three performances of Seneca in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Program production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, garnering praise for his “sturdy bass” and “affecting gravity,” (New York Times). Liam also sang in Handel’s Messiah with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, and performed the dual roles of Masetto and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Ash Lawn Opera. He is also an avid recitalist, and has been featured at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.
This season Liam returns to Opera Omaha as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata and to Annapolis Opera for Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and reprises Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at Kentucky Opera. Liam also appears at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue for their annual Messiah, which he will also perform at Avery Fisher Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York. The 2011-2012 season included his return 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.
The young bass recently appeared with Austin Lyric Opera as Colline in La bohème, Opera Omaha as Angelotti in Tosca, and in two consecutive seasons at Wolf Trap Opera as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Melisso in Alcina and Sirocco in L’Étoile. 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, 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 and Richard Rodney Bennett. He is a prize winner in the Florida Grand Opera Competition and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions/New England region. Mr. Moran is a graduate of both McGill University in Montreal and the Yale School of Music.