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Jonathan Tetelman

Jonathan Tetelman

Praised by Opera News for his “galvanizing presence,” tenor Jonathan Tetelman is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after rising tenors in the world.  In the 2018/19 season he joins both Komische Oper Berlin and English National Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. He also sings his first performances of Cavaradossi in Toscawith Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Werther with Opera del Teatro Solis in Uruguay, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera. In the 2017/18 season Mr. Tetelman makes his debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival as Rodolfo in La bohème with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andris Nelsons, and joins soprano Nadine Sierra in concert at Festival Napa Valley. He rounds up a busy summer with Duca in Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera festival. Earlier this season the tenor sang Marco in Chadwick and Barnet’s Tobasco with New Orleans Opera, a gala performance Don Jose in Carmen at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and joined the Greenwich Village Orchestra and St. George’s Choral Society for both Dvorak’s Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem.

Other recent performances include his first performances of Rodolfo in La bohème with the Fujian Grand Theatre in China,Verdi’s Requiem with the Milan Festival Orchestra, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Orchestra Now, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in his Carnegie Hall debut with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the St. Goerge’s Choral Society Other recent roles for Mr. Tetelman include Alfredo in La Traviata, Steven Sankey in Weil’s Street Scene, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady.

Recently awarded First Prize in the 2016 New York Lyric Opera Competition, from which Mr. Tetelman performed concerts at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall singing selections of Don Jose in Carmen, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. The tenor was also a 2016 prize-winning finalist in the Mildred Miller (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) Competition, and a semi-finalist in both the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition and the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. 

Mr. Tetelman completed the graduate performance studies program at The New School of Music, Mannes College and earned his undergraduate degree from Manhattan School of Music. He was born in Castro, Chile and grew up in central New Jersey.