This season baritone Weston Hurt adds two new roles to his repertoire: Creon in Cherubini's Medea and John Perribyngle in Riccardo Zandonai's Il grillo del focolare, based on the Dickens novella The Cricket on the Hearth. But first – Weston starts off the season in a return to Seattle Opera, his operatic home away from home, to sing Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. While in Seattle, Weston will continue his commitment to shaping the next generation of artists, presenting a masterclass at Seattle Opera's Summer Academy at Marrowstone. Later this season, he'll sing Scarpia, one of opera's most reviled villains, in a house debut with Nashville Opera's Tosca, and will also debut at Teatro Grattacielo in Il grillo and Opera Omaha in Medea.
Recent operatic engagements have included his role debut as Valentin in Gounod's Faust in a return to New Orleans Opera, his company debut at Tulsa Opera as Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, a return to Seattle Opera in his signature role of Germont in Verdi's La traviata, a recital appearance with Wagner and More, and Mr. Hurt inaugurated the Berkshire Opera Festival as Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Additional performances include his role debut as the title character in Nabucco at Seattle Opera, his debut with New Orleans Opera as Germont in La traviata, his house and role debut with Houston Grand Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, his role debut as Iago in Otello with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and a return to Seattle Opera in another role debut as Talbot in Maria Stuarda. He has also appeared as Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the title role of Rigoletto with PORTopera and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Germont in La traviata at the Seattle Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Atlanta Opera, Ford in Falstaff at the Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, and Virginia Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids; Schaunard in La bohème at the Dallas Opera, Peter in Hansel and Gretel at the Portland Opera; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Portland Opera, the Arizona Opera and Austin Lyric Opera; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at Michigan Opera Theater, Frank in Die tote Stadt at the Dallas Opera, the New York City Opera and with Odyssey Opera; Baldassare in L’Arlesiana with the Opera Orchestra of New York, and a performance of Der ferne Klang with the American Symphony Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall.
Also a prolific concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Hurt has performed in recitals sponsored by the prestigious Marilyn Horne Foundation in the United States, and has also performed in concert internationally, including a South American tour of performances of the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. Recent engagements have included appearances with the Nashville Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and the Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall. His large repertoire includes such works as the Handel Messiah, the Fauré Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Bach Mass in B minor and Magnificat, the Mozart Mass in C minor and Coronation Mass, the Haydn Paukenmesse, and the Britten War Requiem, which he sang at Carnegie Hall.
A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center, Mr. Hurt has received many notable vocal awards, including 1st place and the People’s Choice Award from the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, the Vienna Prize from the George London Foundation, and 1st Place in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition. He's also the recipient of awards from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Opera Index, and Palm Beach Opera Competition, as well as two career grants conferred by The Santa Fe Opera.