T
enor Don Frazure is a native of Mississippi. Mr. Frazure made his New York debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall singing the tenor solos in the New York premiŤre of Samuel Adler's oratorio, Choose Life (Albany Records, April 1999). Last summer, he made his debut with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., singing Mozartís Mass in C minor and excerpts of Cosi fan tutte with Christopher Hogwood conducting. Mr. Frazure is currently finishing his tenure as a Young Artist with the Juilliard Opera Center where he has sung such diverse roles as Ferrando in Cosž fan tutte, Renaud in Gluckís Armide and Male Chorus in Brittenís The Rape of Lucretia.Mr. Frazure is the 1999 first prize winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition. Other competition awards include the Liederkranz Foundation Awards of New York and the Madame Rose Palmai-Tensor Competition of the Mobile Opera Guild of Mobile, Alabama. He was also a finalist for the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 1995, Mr. Frazure received a governorís award from the Southern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Mr. Frazure's opera roles include Ferrando in Mozartís Cosž fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Mozartís Don Giovanni, Renaud in Gluckís Armide, Male Chorus in Brittenís The Rape of Lucretia, Count Almaviva in Rossiniís Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lenski in Tchaikovskyís Eugene Onegin, El Remendado in Bizet's Carmen. His concert and oratorio roles include Bach's Mass in B minor and Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Mass in C minor, Beethovenís Ninth Symphony, Verdiís Requiem and Adler's Choose Life. Mr. Frazure holds the bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and a performerís certificate in voice from William Carey College, as well as master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Frazure currently studies with Daniel Ferro in New York and is managed by Columbia Artists Management Inc.