Tenor Vinson Cole is internationally recognized as one of the leading artists of his generation. His career has taken him to major opera houses and venues worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Opera Australia, and Seattle Opera, among others. Mr. Cole appears frequently with orchestras throughout the world and has collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Carlo Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwarz, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Georg Solti.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Cole completed a degree in vocal studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Margaret Harshaw. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Alfredo in Die Fledermaus and later performed leading roles with the company in Manon, La traviata, La bohème, L’elisir d’amore, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, and La damnation de Faust.
Highlights of past seasons include La bohème with San Francisco Opera, Les contes d’Hoffmann with Seattle Opera, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Houston Grand Opera. Notable concert performance highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the Seattle Symphony; Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Orchestre de Paris.
Mr. Cole joined the adjunct faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018. He also teaches at the Aspen Music Festival and School and serves as creative consultant and director of the resident artists program for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.