Currently a member of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman Howard is garnering superlatives from the press for his vivid performances on the opera and concert stages. His voice is called “sonorous” by The New York Times, “superhuman” by The Denver Post, and “spectacular” by Maryland Theatre Guide.
Performances of the 2013-14 season include Sarastro in The Magic Flute conducted by Washington National Opera’s Music Director Philippe Auguin, Moser in Verdi’s I Masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera led by Music Director Antony Walker, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht at Carnegie Hall with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and a role debut as Colline in La bohème with North Carolina Opera conducted by Robert Moody.
During the past season, Soloman Howard bowed as Ole Joe in Show Boat in Francesca Zambello’s new production for Washington National Opera and at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts under the auspices of Central City Opera in performances led by Hal France. He also sang the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco at Washington National Opera both led by Mr. Auguin. As a part of the Company’s American Opera Initiative, Mr. Howard created the role of Muhammad Ali in the world premiere of Approaching Ali by composer D.J. Sparr. Of his performance, The Washington Post noted, “the accomplished young bass Soloman Howard, a Washington native, gave powerful voice to Muhammad Ali with equal parts humor and proud bluster.”
Concert performances have included numerous appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra including Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and the Fauré Requiem. He has sung the title role of Porgy and Bess with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at New York’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Soloman Howard is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Morgan State University.