Applied Vocal Instructor
Office: LH 231H
Described as "magnetic, his high-ranging tenor never losing depth or substance" (Boston Herald), "a magnificent Quint" (New York Times), "outstanding, a tenor who commands Britten's expressive idiom (Boston Globe), "…emphatic - a singer of unquestioned dramatic gifts and vocal polish" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), "Halvorson's clearly articulated tenor was a pleasure to hear" (London Times), and "the extravagant gifts of tenor Carl Halvorson… warrant extended comment, but suffice it to say that (he) sang with rare tonal beauty and passionate commitment… a pinnacle of achievement" (Washington Post), he has performed as soloist with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Ensemble, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble under such conductors as Masur, Dutoit, Ozawa, Rilling, Leppard, Kitayenko, DePriest, Llewellyn, Rozhdestvensky, Delfs, Nelson, Flor, and Wolff.
He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, London's Wigmore Hall (Songmaker's Almanac), Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, New York's 92nd Street Y, and the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Operatic performances include leading roles with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Boston Opera, Tokyo Opera Nomori, London's Barbican Centre and Berkshire Opera in such works as Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Turn of the Screw, Strauss's Elektra, Glass's Galileo Galilei, Purcell's King Arthur and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Following training at Yale College and the Juilliard School, he won numerous competitions at the beginning of his career, including the Young Concert Artists International Competition. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bagby and Sullivan Foundations, and has recorded for BMG Classics, Music Masters, Albany Records, American Heritage, and Newport Classic Recordings.