Jonathan Goodman, tenor, is at home in a diverse repertoire spanning early music to contemporary.
Jonathan Goodman, tenor, is at home in a diverse repertoire spanning early music to contemporary. He began his career with Chanticleer, touring ten countries and recording works by Josquin and Rorem with the Grammy-winning male ensemble. As a solo artist, he has appeared with the Steve Reich Ensemble, Parnassus, American Composers Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the American Symphony, the New York Collegium, New England Bach Soloists, the Mark Morris Dance Group and others. He has sung at the festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany; Automne en Normandy, France; Bravo! In Vail, Colorado; Connecticut Early Music; and Bard. He is the resident tenor with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, a quartet, with which he recorded Brahms Vocal Quartets and Schubert Vocal Quartets, both on the Arabesque label.
In great demand as a Baroque specialist, Goodman has appeared often with the New York Collegium, singing rare works of Purcell, Charpentier and Händel under conductors Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Rousset and Andrew Parrott. He has sung many of the all-Bach events led by Mary Greer and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s. Other recent engagements include the Bach Saint John Passion (Evangelist and arias); Easter Oratorio and Magnificat (Carnegie Hall); Mozart Requiem (Lincoln Center); Schütz Saint Matthew Passion; Händel Israel In Egypt; the title role in Judas Maccabaeus; and Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Lincoln Center). A recent Bach B Minor Mass with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall paid tribute to his mentor, the late Richard Westenburg.
In twentieth-century music, Goodman is a member of the Steve Reich Ensemble, chosen by the composer to sing the tenor role in world-wide productions of his multi-media opera, The Cave; he debuted in London (Barbican Theatre), New York (Lincoln Center) and Paris (Cité de la Musique). He has sung several premieres of living composers’ works, and gave New York premieres of the “De Profundis” and ”Stabat Mater” of Arvo Pärt, which were also broadcast on National Public Radio. He created the role of Publicist in Richard Wilson’s opera, Aethelred the Unready; a live recording was released with the American Symphony Chamber Orchestra. He recently added the role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex to his credits. He made his Carnegie debut in 2002 with Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra under Steven Sloane and the American Composers Orchestra. Goodman is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Seth McCoy and Jan DeGaetani.
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