Texas-born tenor Zachary Averyt made his operatic debut in 2001 as Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and has since continued to delight audiences. This is his second season with Ars Lyrica Houston.
Averyt appears frequently in leading roles with Houston’s Opera in the Heights, where he returns to sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in January of 2014. An avid concert singer, Mr. Averyt has explored a wide range of styles, singing mass settings by Charpentier, Handel, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Robert Ray. He has sung the title roles in Carissimi’s Jephte and Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives; as well as Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation; and the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. Recent concert engagements have included the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer, chamber performances of Britten’s Abraham and Isaac and the rarely-heard L’enfant prodigue by Claude Debussy.
Mr. Averyt holds degrees from both the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and was a 2013 Emerging Artist with Opera New Jersey. He currently lives and teaches privately in Houston and has served on the faculty of the American Festival of the Arts.