The winner of the 1995 Richard Tucker Foundation Award, American tenor PAUL GROVES has embarked upon a major international career with engagements at the world's leading opera houses and concert halls.
Groves began the 2002/03 season with gala performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Saito Kinen Festival under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, recorded on DVD for Philips Classics. That season he also made two symphonic debuts, appearing as soloist in Berlioz' Requiem with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Charles Dutoit, and in the world premiere of John Harbison's Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink. He made his debut at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
Paul Groves made his debut at La Scala in 1996 as Tamino in the opening night performance of Die Zauberflöte, Riccardo Muti conducting, and he has returned nearly every season since. Audiences in Paris know him well since his debut there in the 1996/97 season as Tom Rakewell at the Théâtre du Châtelet in a new Sellars/Salonen production. Groves has maintained a close relationship with the Salzburg Festival since his debut there in 1995 as Don Ottavio under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
Groves came to national attention as a winner of the Met's National Council Auditions in 1991. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1992 as the Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. His Metropolitan Opera collaborations with James Levine have led to recordings of Rigoletto, Parsifal, and Idomeneo for Deutsche Grammophon, Der fliegende Holländer for Sony, and Manon Lescaut for Decca.
In concert, Paul Groves made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic in performances of Haydn's Die Schöp-fung under the direction of James Levine. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a 1999 program of works by Mozart and Britten led by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Groves appears frequently throughout the United States and Europe in recital. In March 1996 the tenor gave his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall with James Levine accompanying him at the piano, and in 2001 he made a highly acclaimed recital debut at La Scala.
In addition to his several recordings with Levine, Paul Groves' performance in the Salzburg Festival's La damnation de Faust was recorded on DVD by Naxos Records. He recently recorded Roger Waters' new opera Ça Ira opposite Bryn Terfel for Sony Classical, as well as Ravel cantatas with Michel Plasson for EMI Classics.