AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Baritone Joseph Lattanzi is gaining notice for his “robust vocalism,” “unmistakable charisma,” and “undeniable star potential.” This summer, Mr. Lattanzi will lead the world premiere cast of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers at Cincinnati Opera after appearing with Jake Heggie in Opera America’s Creators in Concert series, previewing Fellow Travelers at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, and soloing in Carmina Burana with the Reno Philharmonic and at the Christ (Crystal) Cathedral.
During the 2015/16 season he joined Arizona Opera for performances as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, Moralès and Dancaïre in Carmen, and Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni. Lattanzi’s 2014/15 season began with a return home to debut with The Atlanta Opera as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and included workshopping Jake Heggie’s new opera Great Scott, revisiting Fellow Travelers at the Opera America National Opera Center, soloing in Carmina Burana with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and performing Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The 2013/14 season included his return to Seattle Opera in The Consul, a debut season with Cincinnati Opera in three roles, and an exciting international debut in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Orchestra e Coro Sinfonica di Milano "Giuseppe Verdi". Recently, Lattanzi garnered acclaim for his performances of Il Conte in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro led by Xian Zhang at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program.
Equally at home in standard and new repertoire, Lattanzi has created roles in workshops of operas by Gregory Spears (Fellow Travelers), Jake Heggie (Great Scott), Daniel Catán (Meet John Doe), and Clint Borzoni (The Copper Queen). In the 2011/12 season, Mr. Lattanzi was recognized by Opera News Magazine for his "fresh, bright baritone voice" as Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen with Seattle Opera. As a member of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program, he also performed the roles of Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Albert in Massenet’s Werther.
Other stage credits include the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Man With a Shoe Sample Kit (Postcard from Morocco). The Mableton, GA native has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In addition to two summers at the Merola Opera Program, he has participated in programs at the Brevard Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute Voice Program.