Issachah Savage: Giordani Foundation 2012
Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage is garnering acclaim as a "heldentenor part excellence" with "trumpet-like, clear, open-throated, powerful" singing (San Francisco Examiner). Praised for his "impressive natural instrument" (Opera News), Mr. Savage is the winner of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition, earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize, and a special honor by Speight Jenkins.
Mr. Savage made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Verdi's Ernani under James Levine in the 2014-2015 season. He recently sang Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus to great critical acclaim and made his mainstage debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera. He also debuted at the Aspen Music Festival as Radames in Aida under conductor Robert Spano, a role he sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Jacques Lacombe in the summer of 2014.
Issachah has received a number of prestigious awards, recognition and career grants from institutions across the profession. The tenor's special talents were recognized early on by the Marian Anderson Society of Philadelphia, where he was honored as its very first Scholar Artist and then again as a prize winner in their Classical Icon competition. He has also received two first place prizes in the esteemed Liederkranz Foundation competition.