American tenor Corey Evan Rotz has sung over 350 performances with Washington National Opera since his debut in 1995, including leading roles in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Salomé, Queen of Spades, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Rotz has also sung supporting roles in Parsifal, Fedora, Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier.
Most recently he performed the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel to great success and covered the title role in Moby Dick.
For the companies 2006 – 2007 production of Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice Mr. Rotz created the role of Rudolph Franz Hoss to great success. During the 2005 – 2006 season Mr. Rotz appeared in the company’s productions of I Vespri Siciliani and in a special “Trilogy” production staring Plácido Domingo of The Merry Widow, Fedora and Otello. Also in that season Mr. Rotz sang the role of Froh in Das Rheingold and covered the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre and the title role in La Clemenza di Tito.
In September 2004 Mr. Rotz made his debut with the Los Angeles Opera as Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo opposite Mr. Domingo in the title role. Also during the season, Mr. Rotz sang his first Edmondo in the Washington National Opera’s production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and covered Siegmund in the company’s November production of Die Walküre. He then sang the role of Siegmund in four educational “Look-In” performances. New roles that season included Raymond in Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans.
The 2002-2003 season included his first Narraboth in Salomé in his Arizona Opera debut, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Washington National Opera, and Arbace in Idomeneo with the company, while at the same time covering Plácido Domingo in the title role.
During the summer of 2002 Mr. Rotz joined The Washington National Opera on its tour to Japan where he recreated his critically acclaimed portrayal of Cassio in Otello, performing with Plácido Domingo in the title role. On this tour Rotz also revived his role in Sly, which starred José Carreras and was directed by Marta Domingo.
Mr. Rotz’s made his Carnegie Hall debut on February 22, 2007 in the role of Raymond Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans with the Collegiate Chorale. Additional concert performances have taken him from the East Room of the White House to performances of Mozart’s Requiem in Vienna, Prague and Budapest with the Oratorio Society of Washington.
His National Symphony Orchestra credits include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sin,” and Dvorák’s “The American Flag,” all under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
A standout … was tenor Corey Evan Rotz – Rotz’s voice…was blessed with some of that particular ringing quality that adds an extra dimension of excitement.