Lebanese-American Tenor Roy Hage is a two-time Grammy nominated artist who has performed over forty roles including the Duke (Rigoletto), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Des Grieux (Manon), Ruggero (La Rondine), Judge Danforth (The Crucible), Jeník (The Bartered Bride), The Italian Singer (Capriccio), Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), and the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Roméo et Juliette, The Rakes Progress, Candide, La Clemenza di Tito, and Pelléas and Melisande.
Roy has performed with premier ensembles including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Saint Louis, Columbus, and New Jersey Symphonies, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Symphony in C, and CityMusic Cleveland among others, and has worked with conductors of historical importance including Maestros Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Corrado Rovaris, Sir Richard Bonynge, Caren Levine, Vladimir Ashkenazy, George Manahan, Rossen Milanov, Xian Zhang, Stephen Lord, James Gaffigan, David Robertson, Michael Christie, and Christofer Macatsoris.
Roy has also performed with top opera companies and music festivals including Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Aspen Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Yale Opera, Curtis Opera Theater, Oberlin Opera Theater, and Academy of Vocal Arts.
Roy’s art consistently pushes expectations and boundaries of the traditional and he enjoys finding new ways to explore and expand his artistic reach. He has been involved in a number of experimental and immersive adaptations of operatic and classical works including a performance of La Traviata at New York City’s famous cabaret, The Box, alongside celebrated Metropolitan Opera soprano Inna Dukach and star baritone, Paul La Rosa; a solo recital with Maestro Francesco Milioto as a part of an exhibition by Ann Hamilton titled: the common SENSE · the animals; and creating the role of Paul in Georgia Shreve’s Rock Opera Love Sick which premiered at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust in Fall of 2018. Roy made his Lebanese debut in the summer of 2019 with the prominent Lebanese Pianist and Composer Guy Manoukian and his band at a sold out benefit concert at the American University of Beirut.
Roy has performed in a number of other premieres including Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky's "The Stars and the Roses" for tenor and chamber ensemble, the roles of Horus / The Beloved in David Hertzberg's "The Rose Elf," the world premieres of Tony Solitro's “More Beautiful Than Night,” Kurt Rohde's “Three Minutes with Ned” for tenor and piano, Jonathan Bailey Holland's “Must All Then Amount to But This,” Peter Ash's opera "The Golden Ticket,” Jennifer Higdon's opera "Cold Mountain,” and the the East Coast Premiers of Theodore Morrison’s "Oscar" and, also, "Cold Mountain."
Roy's two Grammy nominations are for his appearance as a solo artist in the Pentatone Recording of the Santa Fe World Premier of "Cold Mountain" where created the roles of Reid (Georgia boy) and Home Guard. Roy also brought the role of Reverend Veasey to life in the 2012 and 2013 workshops of the opera at Curtis Institute of Music for Opera Philadelphia and Santa Fe Opera.
Roy completed his operatic training at the top conservatory for each of his respective degrees—he attended Interlochen Arts Academy (High School Diploma), Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelor of Music), Yale University, Curtis Institute of Music (Master of Music), and Academy of Vocal Arts (Artist Diploma).
A citizen of both Lebanon and the United States, Roy will be based in Boston starting in the Fall of 2019 but hopes to be able to spend more time in Beirut working as an advocate for the arts, particularly in the commissioning and exploration of art that infuses operatic tradition with the local experience. Alongside singing, Roy plans on dedicating more of his time to helping others (particularly youth) with weight and body image struggles—having lost close to 180 pounds by means of the Keto diet, one of Roy’s passions has become fitness and self-care.