LEBANESE AMERICAN TENOR PERFORMS FOR CITYMUSIC! Al-Sahafa Newspaper: June 2009
I met Roy
one of Ohio’s
I asked 20
year old Roy
how his tenor
career began, he threw me a big smile and
simply stated that he’s still quite new to the
world of opera. That his parents are from the
Shouf area in Lebanon, and that he was born
and raised until the age of ten in Fairfax,
Virginia. He says when he was about 17 or
18 years old, he saw the famous Opera, “Solome’
“ by Richard Straus, and that that is
where Roy believes he was struck “by love”
....of the world of Opera ofcoarse!
And as I sat in a jam-packed church fi lled
to the rim of eager ears awaiting to hear
the voice of Roy Hage, to my delight and
to all in attendence, we were enchanted by
the deep and beautifully fl owing voice that
came from the stage in accompaniment of
the CityMusic Orchestra.
Lebanese-American tenor Roy Hage,
praised for his rich and robust voice, has
sung with the Oberlin Opera Theater and
Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Clarksburg
Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia University
Opera Theater and Orchestra, Interlochen
Arts Academy Opera Theater, and
the Orchestra of the Lebanese National Conservatory
of Music. His performance credits
include Cendrillon (Le Prince Charmant),
L’Egisto (Hipparco), Summer and Smoke
(Vernon), Così fan Tutte (Guglielmo) and
Louise (Le Noctambule). He has also performed
selections from Pique Dame (Hermann),
Der Freischütz (Max), Dialogues
des Carmélites (Chevalier de la Force), and
Yeomen of the Guard (Jack Point).
A sophomore at the Oberlin Conservatory
studying with Salvatore Champagne and
graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy,
Mr. Hage’s concert and oratorio performances
include soloist in Handel’s Messiah
and Semele, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s
Missae Brevi in D and F, Vaughan Williams’s
Serenade to Music and Five Mystical
Songs, and Albinoni’s Magnifi cat.
This summer Roy Hage will be performing
La Rondine (Prunier) for Italian audiences
in Cortona and Castiglion Fiorentino.
We wish this American son of Lebanese
parents goodluck and a fruitfull singing career!
Success to you always Roy Hage!
CityMusic Cleveland is a professional
chamber orchestra that performs free concerts
throughout Northeast Ohio, accompanied
by exhibits of local artwork. CityMusic
Cleveland builds audiences for both the
musical and visual arts organizations in
Northeast Ohio and beyond. Founded in
the summer of 2004, CityMusic Cleveland
exploded onto the scene with eight concerts
in different neighborhoods. As audiences
have discovered the joys of CityMusic
Cleveland concerts, the orchestra has grown
into larger venues. CityMusic has become
part of each neighborhood’s cultural life.
CityMusic Cleveland’s musicians are all
highly-trained artists, making their careers
performing and teaching in northeast Ohio
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