Canadian tenor Adam Luther made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2011 as Anatol in Samuel Barber's Vanessa. The 2014/15 season sees his return for the roles of Froh in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Born in Newfoundland, Adam recently completed his tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio where he performed many mainstage roles to great critical and audience acclaim. Most notably, he sang Der Steuermann in Christopher Alden’s Der fliegende Holländer at the Canadian Opera Company.
Mr. Luther’s 2014-2015 season includes Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for both Michigan Opera Theater and Pacific Opera Victoria; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Edmonton Opera, as well as Froh in ‘Das Rheingold’ and Pinkerton in ‘Madama Butterfly’ for Pacific Opera Victoria. Highlights for 2013/2014 included debuting with Edmonton Opera in Strauss' Salome and singing Lord Essex in Benjamin Britten's Gloriana with Toronto's Opera in Concert. He also appeared with Toronto's Orpheus Choir and Chorus Niagara in Dvořák's Requiem at Koerner Hall. Other concert appearances included Handel's Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and a recital with Toronto’s newest concert series, Recitals at Rosedale.
In the 2012/2013 season, Mr. Luther appeared as the Sailor in Peter Sellars’ production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and participated in Salome, Dialogues des Carmélites, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Canadian Opera Company. Other recent COC appearances include Arbace and the High Priest in Idomeneo, Rodrigo in Otello, Remendado in Carmen, Jaquino in Fidelio, the title role in Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni, Tenor 1 in Stravinsky's Renard, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
During the 2012-2013 season Mr Luther also appeared as Count Danilo in The Merry Widow with Toronto Operetta Theatre. In the summer of 2013 he made two role debuts to critical and audience acclaim: Don Jose in Carmen with Saskatoon Opera and Alfredo Germont in La traviata with Highlands Opera Festival.
Highlights for 2013-2014 included debuting with Edmonton Opera as First Jew in Salome and the Earl of Essex in Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana with Toronto’s Opera in Concert. He also performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and sang a recital entitled Opera nella Chiesa with Toronto’s newest concert series, Recitals at Rosedale.
In recent seasons Mr. Luther appeared as Rodolfo in La bohème with Against the Grain Theatre, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Jirka in Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate with Opera in Concert. He also sang the tenor roles in Stravinksy's Renard and Le rossignol at Opéra de Québec.
Mr. Luther’s other operatic credits include the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with the University of Toronto Opera School, Stefano in Filumena in Banff, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Luther has been a featured soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Sounds of the Festival in Parry Sound, Aldeburgh Connection, Chorus Niagara, and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Diploma in Opera from both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto.
AUDIO: Hear Adam Luther perform arias from Tosca, Rusalka, and Carmen.
The show won us a small revelation: Adam Luther ... who projects a beautiful, powerful voice and brings intensity and intelligence to the character of Pinkerton.
Le spectacle nous vaut une petite révélation: Adam Luther ... qui projette une voix belle, puissante et juste et apporte intensité et intelligence au personnage de Pinkerton.
Claude Gingras, La Presse, Review of Madama Butterfly at Semaine italienne de Montreal, 2014
Adam Luther unleashes his nimble, vibrant tenor as the Earl of Essex, singing with a rich depth of tone and confidence. Britten's lovely paired madrigals, the so-called Lute Songs sung by Essex to distract the Queen, however briefly, from weighty matters of state are enchantingly performed by this gifted young artist with a breezy air and sweetness. Luther, a frequent visitor to the COC mainstage and graduate of the Company’s exceptional Ensemble Studio program, is utterly convincing as the dashing feckless Earl so irresistible to a Queen desperate for human contact.
Opera Going Toronto, review of Gloriana with VoiceBox: Opera in Concert, 2013
Adam Luther, though young (barely out of training), is secure and attractive vocally as Anatol, with an easy stage presence that underscores the character's charm and cynicism, though in his ardent account Anatol becomes something more than a one-dimensional bounder.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Vanessa. 2011
Special kudos go to Canadian tenor Adam Luther as the Steerman for his eloquently beautiful solos.
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh, La Scena Musicale, review of Der fliegende Holländer at the Canadian Opera Company, 2010