Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater: Die Walküre (Richard Wagner)
Corey Bix, tenor
Ellen Rissinger, piano
Praised for his “insanely wide vocal range,” “dark low tones,” and “brassy high notes,” Corey Bix is known for his portrayals of dramatic tenor roles on opera and concert stages across the globe. In the 2022-2023 season, he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as the Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier and performed Bacchus, a signature role, in Ariadne auf Naxos with Arizona Opera. In the upcoming 2023-2024 season, Mr. Bix returns to the Canadian Opera Company to cover Florestan in Fidelio and joins Orchestra Wellington to perform Captain in Wozzeck.
In the 2021-22 season, Bix made two role debuts: the first at the Folks Operetta as Francois in Korngold’ s rarely performed Die Kathrin, and the second at Nashville Opera, where he sang Loge in Das Rheingold. In the same season, he covered Florestan in Fidelio at the San Francisco Opera. Other recent role debuts include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd at Des Moines Metro Opera; Canio in I Pagliacci at El Paso Opera; the title role in Lohengrin at Opera Southwest; Judge Danforth in The Crucible at Opera Santa Barbara; the Kronprinz in Silent Night at Arizona Opera; and the Hauptmann in Wozzeck and the Governor in Candide with Des Moines Metro Opera.
Bix has performed at several major opera houses during his career. In 2015, he debuted as Énée in Les Troyens at the San Francisco Opera, and then returned as Augustin Moser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and covered Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Florestan in Fidelio. Bix has sung Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with no less than six opera companies: Arizona Opera, Washington National Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Fort Worth Opera, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and The Glimmerglass Festival. Other notable engagements include Énée (cover) in Les Troyens with Opéra National de Paris, as well as Énée (cover) and Helenus in Les Troyens with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Max in Der Freischütz with Virginia Opera; Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with Los Angeles Opera, Virginia Opera, Hungarian National Opera, and Arizona Opera; the Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Oper Graz; Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Theater Kiel; the Prince in Rusalka and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Greek National Opera; Flotow’s Alessandro Stradella with the Stadttheater Giesen; Heinrich in Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Florestan in Fidelio and Lennie in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera; Sir Edgar Aubry in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera; Aegisth in Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera; and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera.
On the concert stage, Bix has toured internationally. He has joined the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; The Cleveland Symphony for their production of Daphne; the American Symphony Orchestra for Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 and Dessau’s Hagadah shel Pessach; the Cathedral Choral Society for Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass; and Palm Beach Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. He has also sung excerpts in concert from several operas including Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Die Walküre, and Tristan und Isolde. Finally, he is an accomplished recitalist, having presented recitals for the George London Foundation, the Wagner Society of New York, and Simpson College, his alma mater.
Bix has won several accolades including the Robert Lauch Memorial Grant from the Wagner Society of New York, the George London/Kirsten Flagstad Award for a singer with potential for a Wagnerian career, as well as the foundation’s prestigious Vienna Prize. He has also won awards in the New England and Southeast regions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a former member of the apprentice programs of the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera, and he earned his master’s in music from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s in music from Simpson College.