The young American tenor Jeff Gwaltney is emerging as a young tenor of thrilling vocal potential, fine musical instincts and convincing dramatic presence.

Photo Credit: Julie DeMarre   

Photo Credit: Julie DeMarre


Jeffrey Gwaltney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Indiana in 2006 and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Winthrop University in 2009. A former student of Gary Lakes, Mr. Gwaltney is currently a pupil of John Fowler.

Jeffrey Gwaltney was awarded the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Scholarship in 2010 and remained at the Washington National Opera under Maestro Domingo’s guidance until 2012. In season 2011, he was invited by Francesca Zambello to be a Glimmerglass Young Artist and returned to the festival in 2012.

At Washington National Opera, his roles have included: Abdallo (Nabucco) and Normanno, as well as First Prisoner (Fidelio) with the National Symphony Orchestra. His cover roles included Cavaradossi, and Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) and Pinkerton.

At the Glimmerglass Festival, his roles have included: Radames; Officer Snow (A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck) and Giasone (Medea).

Further professional engagements include: Rodolfo and Don José with Opera North (US); First Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Tiriddu with Lancaster Opera and Hoffmann with Central Piedmont Opera.

Jeffrey Gwaltney has worked with conductors including: Philippe Auguin; Placido Domingo; Christoper Eschenbach and Daniele Rustioni; and with directors including: David Alden and Francesca Zambello.

In April 2013, Jeff Gwaltney made his European debut as Erik (Die Fliegende Hollander) for Scottish Opera. He sang the Prince (Rusalka) for Lyric Opera Dublin in September 2013. Recent appearances include Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Royal Albert Hall, Dick Johnson (Fanciulla del West) and Luigi (il tabarro) with Opera Holland Park. 

Future engagements include Delius' Koanga at Wexford Opera Festival, Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera Carolina and his Canadian debut as Don Jose in Carmen with Edmonton Opera.


Photo Credit: Kristin Sobieski

Photo Credit: Kristin Sobieski

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