About Donovan

Bass Baritone Donovan Singletary, who recently finished the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard School, has been praised by Opera News for his “bright baritone.” A highlight of the 2017-2018 season includes performances with the Pacific Symphony at Carnegie Hall  and the title role of Figaro in the Marriage of Figaro with Minnesota Opera. During the 2016- 2017 season, he performed as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera and made his debut with Teatro alla Scala as Jake in Porgy and Bess under the baton of Alan Gilbert.     


Recent seasons are highlighted by performances with The Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Giulio Cesare, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, Salome, Don Carlo, Pelleas & Melisande, Tosca, La Boheme, The Enchanted Island, The Tales of Hoffman and The Bartered Bride, as well as performances with Seattle Opera of Zuniga in Carmen, Monterone in Rigoletto, and Jake in Porgy and Bess where he provided “a beautiful and powerful bass-baritone.” (The Sun Break) He portrayed the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele with Knoxville Opera, Achilla in Giulio Cesare as well as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Fort Worth Opera where he was praised for his “comic timing and strong vocal presence” (D Magazine), and joined Aspen Opera Theater as the title role in Don Giovanni. With Kentucky Opera, he portrayed Leporello in Don Giovanni “in a role that requires both humor and empathy, Singletary gracefully pulls off both. His aria, "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" is both wry and sympathetic.” (louisville.com)   


He lit up the concert stage in performances with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, the Latvian National Opera, the Orchestra Lamourez in Paris, and The Metropolitan Opera for their “Summer in the Parks” concert series. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in Mark Hayes’ Te Deum and returned there to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Haydn’s Paukenmesse. In addition, he traveled to Vienna as a representative for the George London Foundation.     


Mr. Singletary made his professional debut in 2008 as Hermann in The Tales of Hoffman as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has performed as Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi at the Met, sung Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall, and performed in concerts with the Marina del Rey Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.      


He is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Winner, where he was the youngest male competitor to ever win the competition. He also won the Met's then-General Director, Joseph Volpe Award.