The American tenor, Keith Jameson, was a 1999 award recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation, and a winner of the Anna MacKay Scholarship from The Santa Fe Opera. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Furman University, and his Master of Music in Conducting and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature both from the Eastman School of Music.
Keith Jameson performed the roles of Bretschneider and Army Chaplain in Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik at Glimmerglass Opera in 2003, and also toured with the Glimmerglass Opera Young Torke’s Strawberry Fields, as part of Central Park, in 2000. He toured with The Santa Fe Opera Young Artist Program singing Rafael and Perico in Serrano’s La Dolorosa in 1998.
Keith Jameson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as tenor soloist in L.v. Beethoven’s Mass in C and Schubert’s Mass in G with Mid-America Productions, and returned in 2005 to sing the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He was the tenor soloist in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque (2004 and 2005) and the Phoenix Symphony (1999 and 2000), and in J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass (BWV 232) with the Berkshire Bach Society at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in 2004. He has also sung with the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Voice Fellow, the Brevard Music Center, Opera Theatre of Rochester, NY, Currents in Richmond, VA, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
Keith Jameson recently made his debut with English National Opera as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, with a cast that included Felicity palmer as Katisha and Richard Suart as KoKo. He sang the role of Candide at New York City Opera during the 2005 season. He was joined by a cast that included Anna Christy as Cunegonde, John Cullum (TV’s Northern Exposure) as Pangloss, and Judy Kaye (Broadway’s Mamma Mia and Souvenir!) as the Old Lady. It was a highlight of his busy year. He also sang Pong in a new production of Turandot and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, both at The Santa Fe Opera.
In the fall of 2005 he sang Pang in Turandot at New York City Opera, where he has performed regularly for six consecutive years. His roles there have included Oronte in G.F. Handel’s Alcina (production by Francesca Zambello), Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (production by Jonathan Miller), Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd (production by Hal Prince), Attalo in Rossini’s Ermione, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Gastone in La Traviata, Ugone in G.F. Handel’s Flavio, Anfinomo in Montevierdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Count Albert in Die tote stadt, Spoletta in Tosca, Remendado in Carmen, and Monostatos in The Magic Flute. He has performed Tamino in The Magic Flute with Utah Festival Opera, Remendado and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos with The Santa Fe Opera, Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio and Flavio in Norma with Opera Memphis, Goro, Monostatos, and Little Bat in Susannah with Indianapolis Opera, Beppe in I Pagliacci at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with South Carolina’s Newberry Opera, and Acis in Acis and Galatea with New York’s Fiammetta Ensemble. He performed Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Madison Opera and sang the Lecturer in Argento’s A Water Bird Talk with Musica Nova in Rochester, NY.
As a gifted interpreter of Gilbert & Sullivan, Keith Jameson has performed Nanki-Poo, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Hilarion in Princess Ida, and Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard, all with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, in New York’s City Center, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, and Lake Placid’s Performing Arts Center. He also sang Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore with Chattanooga Opera.
Keith Jameson is also the Founder and Director of the Greenwood Music Festival in Greenwood, SC, which will have its inaugural season January 12-14, 2007. The Festival will include a chamber music concert featuring Ensemble Radieuse, a trio of flute, oboe and piano, a staged production of the musical “I Do! I Do!”, and a sacred music concert. Future seasons will offer chamber opera productions and vocal recitals and/or cabaret evenings.
His upcoming engagements include Remendado in Carmen and the Dean of the Faculty in Cendrillon at The Santa Fe Opera, and the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass with the Greenville Chorale in South Carolina. He will sing He (Michael) in “I Do! I Do!” at the Greenwood Music Festival, and make his debut with Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege, Belgium as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in 2007, and his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2008.