Mad Scene: Peter Grimes (Benjamin Britten)
Adrian Kramer, tenor
Sheldon Miller, piano
Tenor Adrian Kramer has earned critical praise in recent seasons with companies throughout North America and Europe for his vocal appeal and strong theatrical engagement. In the 2022-23 season, he joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where he will cover the role of Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. He will also make exciting debuts as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Opera San José and Hoffegut in Die Vögel with Pacific Opera Victoria.
During the 2021-22 season, Mr. Kramer made his European operatic debut with the Komische Oper Berlin as Toby Higgins in a new Barrie Kosky production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, and as Die Nase, Iaryzhkin, and a Eunuch in Die Nase. He also returned to San Diego Opera to sing Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, made his Cape Symphony debut as the tenor soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and was slated to debut the role of Narraboth in Salome at Opera San José (COVID19).
In the spring of 2021, Mr. Kramer looked forward to performing the role of Spoletta in Tosca with Opera Philadelphia (COVID19) and in 2022 he was slated to return to San Diego Opera as 1st Armored Man/2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte (COVID19). During the summer of 2020, Mr. Kramer was scheduled to cover the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with both Opera Philadelphia and Saratoga Opera (COVID19). He was also scheduled to perform the role of Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer with Lake Area Music Festival, (COVID19).
During the 2018-19 season Mr. Kramer appeared with Opera Philadelphia as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Omaha as Gérard in Philip Glass’ Les enfants terribles and Edmonton Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, as well as making his off-Broadway debut in collaboration with Ensemble for the Romantic Century as the Tenor in Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart.
Additional recent operatic commitments include an especially successful debut with San Diego Opera as Don José in La tragédie de Carmen, as well as performances with Opera Omaha, as Bill in Jonathan Dove's Flight and as Joe in the company premiere of La fanciulla del West, and Santa Fe Opera, where he performed Borsa in Rigoletto, the Second Nazarene in Salome, Owen's Son in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, and the Second Bodyguard in the American premiere of Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Mr. Kramer has also appeared with Toronto Operetta Theatre as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Toronto's Opera 5 in a double bill of Offenbach's Ba-ta-clan and Hahn's L'île du rêve, and Tapestry Opera in their multi-media Tap: Ex Revolutions.
A seasoned performer on the concert platform, Mr. Kramer's oratorio and symphonic repertoire includes Elijah (Kingston Symphony Orchestra), Vaughan Williams' Hodie (Talisker Players), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Canzona Chamber Players Orchestra), and Messiah (Sault Symphony Orchestra). Particularly in demand for operatic highlight concert programs, he has been heard in excerpt form as the Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Alfredo in La traviata with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Initially training as a baritone, Mr. Kramer's professional credits in that repertoire include performances with Chicago Opera Theater, Canadian Opera Company, the Castleton Festival, Cal Performances, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Glimmerglass Opera.
He has fulfilled young artist residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. He was awarded the Campbell Wachter Memorial Award for Singers from Santa Fe Opera, the Chalmers Professional Development Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as winning the Louis Quilico Competition (grand prize) and the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition. Mr. Kramer is also a six-time grant recipient from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. He earned his MM in Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music and his BM in Voice at the Juilliard School.