Bass Baritone Donovan Singletary has been praised by Opera News for his “bright baritone.” Mr. Donovan returns to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2019-2020 season in the role of Jake in the production of Porgy and Bess. Other engagements this season include the roles of Crown in Atlanta Opera’s Porgy and Bess and Colline in Fort Worth Opera’s La bohème.
Last season Mr. Donovan sang Jake in Porgy and Bess in the productions performed by Dutch National Opera and English National Opera in addition to singing Crown in Porgy and Bess with Grange Opera in London. Highlights of the 2017-2018 season includes performances of Philip Glass’ Passages with the Pacific Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the role of Figaro in Minnesota Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro. 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 Julius 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 studied in Vienna, Austria as a representative for the George London Foundation.
Donovan 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 has won multiple national and international awards including winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, where he was the youngest male competitor to ever win America's most important vocal competition. He also won the Met's then-General Director, Joseph Volpe Award.
Donovan is a graduate of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School, Stetson University, Mannes Conservatory, Sorbonne Université Paris, and Accademia di Italiano Milan.