American tenor Chauncey Packer first honored OperaCréole by joining in concerts in 2014. He is an exciting talent on the stages of opera houses in Europe and the United States. Mr. Packer was recently seen as Samuel Snaer in our production of Les Lions de la Reconstruction.
In recent years, Mr. Packer has performed the roles of Steuermann DER FLIEGENDE HÖLLANDER with New Orleans Opera, Amon AKHNATEN with Atlanta Opera, Alfredo LA TRAVIATA with Pensacola Opera, and Rodolfo LA BOHÈME with Mobile Opera. This young tenor is highly in-demand for his captivating portrayal of Sportin' Life PORGY AND BESS. In 2011 he sang the role inder the baton of Maestro Lirin Maazel to rave reviews. He has also performed the role with San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, Opera Grand Rapid, Pensacola Opera, Tulsa Opera and in many major European cities with the Munich-based New York Harlem Productions tour.
He has performed PORGY AND BESS in Japan and with an additional tour with Opéra Comique where he sang Mingo and covered Sportin' Life in Paris, Caen, Granada and Luxembourg. He is also featured on the PORGY AND BESS recording conducted by John Mauceri with Nashville Symphony, released in 2006 on Decca.
In addition to the companies aforementioned, Mr. Packer has also performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Shreveport Opera, Nashville Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and LSU Opera in such roles as Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY, the title role in WERTHER, Pong TURANDOT, Sam SUSANNAH, RuggeroLA RONDINE, Dr. Blind DIE FLEDERMAUS, Revival Singer ELMER GANTRY, Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Edmondo MANON LESCAUT, Larry/Matt THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR, ArturoLUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Remendado CARMEN, and Beppe PAGLIACCI.
He has also performed concerts with Edmonton Opera, Opera Noire of New York, Baton Rouge Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Gulf Coast Opera, New River Valley Symphony, Grand Rapid Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony, in such works as Haydn PAUKENMESSE, Bruckner TE DEUM, Schubert MASS IN G MAJOR, Handel MESSIAH, Beethoven MASS IN C MAJOR and NINTH SYMPHONY.
Mr. Packer has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Huel Perkins Fellowship at Louisiana State University for doctoral studies. He has won several vocal competitions including National Associations of Teacher's Singing Competition, Rose Palmai-Tenser Competition, and Shreveport Singer of the Year, and was a finalist in Ducrest International Competition. He placed several times in the regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in 2005, won at the regional level and was a national semi-finalist.
Chauncey Packer is originally from southern Alabama where he received his undergraduate degree from University of Mobile and his master's degree in music from University of New Orleans.
Mr. Packer is featured on New World Record's TREEMONISHA recording in the role pf Remus with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. This recently released recording is receiving top critical acclaim by The New Yorker, BBC Music Magazine and countless others.
Mr. Packer's future engagements include concerts with Boston Symphony Orchestra and the premiere of an opera commissioned about the historic 1960's civl rights bus rides to New Orleans entitled FREEDOM RIDES in New Orleans.