About Jonathan Winell
New York City born tenor Jonathan Winell is making his mark on the international opera stage. During the summer of 2017, he will sing the role of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. During this 2016-17 season, as part of the Ensemble at Theater Magdeburg, he is performing the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Steuermann in the Premiere of Der Fliegende Holländer, Fenton in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Contino Belfiore in the Premiere of La Finta Giardiniera. He will also be the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In the summer of 2016, Mr. Winell sang the roles of Un Araldo and Il Re Gonzaga in Amleto at the Bregenz Festival in Austria. During the 2015-16 season, he was with Theater Regensburg, performing the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, among others. He was the second prize winner of the 2015 Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul.
For two seasons, 2013-2015, he was a member of the Internationales Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden im Schiller Theater. During the 2014-2015 season, he performed in the Premieres of Parsifal (4. Knappe), Daniel Barenboim conducting, and Ariadne auf Naxos (Brighella), as well as in Die Zauberflöte (Erster Priester and Erster Geharnischter) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Fatty). He was also called upon to sing the Faust aria Salut demeure for an ailing tenor.
The 2013-2014 season included roles in Aschenputtel, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Salome, Le Nozze di Figaro, Simon Boccanegra and Punch and Judy. He also traveled to Moscow where he was a soloist in the Young Opera Singers Session Lied Concert. Later in the season, he participated in the Bertelsmann Stiftung Neue Stimmen final concert in Gütersloh, Germany.
During the summer of 2013, Mr. Winell was a member of The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Program where he performed Giuseppe in La Traviata and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Earlier in 2013, he sang the role of Cleón in Gluck’s The Reformed Drunkard with The Little Opera Theatre of NY, and in 2012-13, he sang Rodolfo in La Bohème with Amore Opera in NYC.
Also in 2012, Mr. Winell made his Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi with The Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler. New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini said, “…young artist, Jonathan Winell, made a strong contribution in the role of Baroncelli”. The same year, he was a guest soloist for Verdi’s Messa di Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale & Chamber Orchestra, J. Ernest Green conducting at Maryland Hall. In late 2011, he appeared as Alméric in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with the Dicapo Opera Theatre.
As an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera in 2011, Mr. Winell covered Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the First Tenor in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. He also performed Léon in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso and Le Journaliste in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. In 2010, he covered and performed Ernesto in Don Pasquale as a Studio Artist with Opera New Jersey. He also appeared in the Opera NJ Concert Series on numerous occasions throughout 2010-11. He sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric Opera in 2010, and Percy in Anna Bolena at the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2008. He appeared as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Connecticut Concert Opera in 2007 and participated in several opera concerts with the CCO. He also performed the role of Camille in The Merry Widow at the Hartt School of Music.
The summer of 2014, Mr. Winell was a semi-finalist (of 324 original applicants) at The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki, Finland. He placed multiple times in competitions including the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Career Bridges, and Il Comitato Amici del Loggiato in La Spezia, Italy. He was an Eastern Region Finalist at the Met National Council Auditions in 2011. In 2006-07-08, he spent three summers in Florence, Italy, studying Italian at La Scuola Leonardo da Vinci. While there, he attended the Florence Voice Seminar for two summers at the invitation of Benita Valente, Director, as well as the Bel Canto Institute, under the direction of Jane Klaviter, Founder and Artistic Director. At the Institute, he was awarded a two-concert singing engagement with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Lou Kosma.
Mr. Winell has studied with world-renowned voice teacher Patricia McCaffrey since 2010, and dramatic soprano Doris Jung Popper since 2002. While at the Staatsoper Berlin, he studied with John Norris, Abbie Furmansky and Boris Anifantakis, Director of the Internationales Opernstudio. In 2007, he graduated from the Hartt School of Music and during the 2008-09 season was an Artist in Residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts. He has worked under the baton of such great conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Sebastian Weigle, Leo Hussain, Ingo Metzmacher, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Moulds, Eve Queler, John Moriarty, John Nelson, John Baril and Christofer Macatsoris.
While with the Staatsoper Berlin, Mr. Winell was the recipient of a monthly stipendium from the Liz Mohn Kultur-und Musikstiftung.