Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.M., Eastman School of Music
American baritone Ian Greenlaw’s prodigious gifts have brought him to center stage of opera companies and orchestras around the globe. The Chicago Sun-Times characterized Ian Greenlaw as “possessing a voice both strong and sweet, and matinee idol good looks.” The Washington Post complimented his “elegant stage presence, a subtle sense of humor and a splendid voice.” Ian begins the 2011/2012 season by returning to the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for Michigan Opera Theater. He will spend more time with Mozart’s iconic Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Saint Louis Symphony. In the 2010/2011 season Mr. Greenlaw joined New York City Opera participating in their production of Intermezzo. He also performed Ricky Ian Gordon’s new one-man opera, Green Sneakers in the premiere season of Urban Arias in Washington, D.C. In concert he sang Handel’s Messiah and appeared with Opera Columbus in “Berlin to Broadway”, a concert featuring the works of Kurt Weill. During the 2008/2009 season Mr. Greenlaw returned to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Britten’s War Requiem and L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Additionally he performed the Fauré Requiem with the Eugene Symphony and St. John’s Passion with the Dayton Philharmonic.
Mr. Greenlaw recently made his La Scala debut as the protagonist in Lorin Maazel’s opera, 1984. Additional recent engagements include a reprisal of the title role in Don Giovanni, Mauricio Kagel’s Den 24. xii. 1931, with Saint Louis Symphony Chamber Music Series, an appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a soloist in Britten’s War Requiem, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera, Grandfather Clock/Cat in L’enfant et les Sortilèges with New York Philharmonic, and as the soloist in Bartok’s Cantata Profana with the St. Louis Symphony. He also recently sang the title role in Sam Helfrich’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Kentucky Opera and Peter in Hansel and Gretel at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in performances conducted by Stephen Lord in addition to excerpts from Die Zauberflöte in an all-Mozart program that served as a prelude to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s 2006 season. Mr. Greenlaw made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Theater Manager in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and returned as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fléville in Andrea Chénier, Moralès in Carmen and Cascada in The Merry Widow. He has appeared as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Colorado, Dandini in La cenerentola with Arizona Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Chicago Opera Theatre, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Central City Opera, and Falke in Die Fledermaus with Michigan Opera Theatre. Mr. Greenlaw has also performed the title role in Don Giovanni in student matinees with the Dallas Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin, Albert in Werther, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Iron Hans in Susa’s Transformations with Lyric Opera Cleveland.
A gifted concert artist and recitalist, Ian Greenlaw has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Brahms Requiem, Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dulcinea, and Britten’s War Requiem. Mr. Greenlaw has participated at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists and is currently on the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, under whose auspices he made his Carnegie Hall debut. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2002 Richard Tucker Career Grant, a 2001 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and First Place in the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition.
The baritone holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mr. Greenlaw is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Opera Center and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago.