French tenor Morgan Manifacier has sung under the direction of conductors Mark Shapiro, Daniel Beckwith, Christopher Fecteau, David Lawton, Avi Stein, Benoît Renard, and Douglas Martin. A versatile and engaging singer, he is a quickly establishing an international career as an interpreter of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the newest of contemporary music.
In the 2019-2020 season, Morgan will debut the roles of Chevalier de La Force in Dialogue des Carmélites, with Stony Brook Opera, as well as Host in the world premiere of Access (David Voss), at Spectrum NYC.
Recent opera credits include the title role in Pigmalion (Rameau), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Agenore in Mozart’s Il re pastore, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Sultan Soliman in Zaide, Sorcerer in Dido and Æneas, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, and Mozart in Mozart and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov). He has also recently created the role of Man in Healing (Ed Rosenberg III), a new chamber opera premiered at Stony Brook University in 2019.
Deeply devoted to art-song repertoire, Morgan is an active recitalist with his collaborative pianist Corinne Penner, with whom he gives recitals in various venues and recital halls across the United States. He has worked with leading scholars, composers, and performers such as Roger Vignoles, Kevin Murphy, Alan Smith, Lydia Brown, Dimitri Dover, Libby Larsen, and Jake Heggie. Specializing in French repertoire, Morgan has also been invited to give lectures, lecture-recitals, and masterclasses in Northeastern universities on important French musical figures, such as Gabriel Fauré, Nadia Boulanger, and Lili Boulanger.
An avid performer of early music and Baroque repertoire, Morgan has collaborated with conductors, singers, and directors such as Arthur Haas, Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis, Sigrid T’Hooft, Catherine Turocy, Christa Patton, and David Ronis. He notably appeared as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the LIU Post Chorus, as well as in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with the Amherst Early Music Workshop.
Morgan is a fellowship recipient from SongFest, the International Baroque Academy, and the AlpenKammerMusik Festival. He has performed with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Amherst Music Festival, Manhattan Opera Studio, Stony Brook Opera, Respiro Opera NYC, Martina Arroyo’s Role Performance Program, and the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College. He is the recipient of career grants from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and the Performing Arts Consortium.
Currently, Morgan is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Randall Scarlata and Christòpheren Nomura. He received his Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Holy Names University, and his Master's of Arts in Voice Performance from Long Island University, Post. Major voice teachers include Lee Steward, Neal Harrelson, and Robert C. White Jr., and he has coached intensively with Timothy Long and Roger Malouf.