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American baritone IAN GREENLAW’s prodigious gifts have brought him to center stage of opera companies and orchestras from coast to coast. The Chicago Sun-Times characterized Ian Greenlaw as “possessing a voice both strong and sweet, and matinée idol good looks…”, and the Washington Post noted that he has “elegant stage presence, a subtle sense of humor and a splendid voice.”
Greenlaw was most recently seen as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera, Grandfather Clock/Cat in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the New York Philharmonic, and as the soloist in Bartók’s Cantata Profana with the St. Louis Symphony. Additional performances include the title role in Sam Helfrich’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia with Kentucky Opera and Peter in Hansel and Gretel at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in performances conducted by Stephen Lord. He also performed excerpts from Die Zauberflöte in an all-Mozart program that served as a prelude to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2006 season. Recent and future performances include the role of the protagonist in Lorin Maazel’s opera, 1984, at the Palau des Arts in Valencia, Spain, and appearances with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic as a soloist in Britten’s War Requiem. Greenlaw will also reprise the role of Winston in 1984 for his La Scala debut.
Earlier in his career, Greenlaw made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera 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. He has also performed the title role of Don Giovanni in student matinées 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, Brahms’ Requiem, Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dulcinea, and Britten’s War Requiem. He 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. He 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. Greenlaw is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Opera Center and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago.