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Gary Lakes (born September 26, 1950) is an American opera heldentenor.

Opera Artform combining sung text and musical score in a theatrical setting

Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theater. Such a "work" is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.

Lakes was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, and raised in Irving, Texas. He made his professional debut with the Seattle Opera in the role of Froh in 1981 in Wagner's Das Rheingold , after attending Southern Methodist University where he studied with Thomas Hayward. [1] [2] He was a high school football defensive tackle, but switched his career aspirations to singing after a cracked vertebra derailed any hope for a football career. [2] He debuted with the Metropolitan Opera on February 4, 1986 as the High Priest in Mozart's Idomeneo and soon after sang the role of Walther in Wagner's Tannhäuser . [1] In 1987, he sang the role of Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre with the Met. [2] [3] He sang the role of Siegmund on both the Met's DVD and CD of Die Walküre opposite Jessye Norman as Sieglinde with James Levine conducting. [4] Other roles he has sung at the Met include Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen , Samson in Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila , the Emperor in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten , Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer , Grigory in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov , Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio , the title role in Wagner's Parsifal , Laca in Janáček's Jenůfa , Aeneas in Berlioz' Les Troyens and Jimmy Mahoney in Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny . [3]

Woodward, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Woodward is a city in and the county seat of Woodward County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the largest city in a nine-county area. The population was 12,051 at the 2010 census.

Irving, Texas City in Texas, United States

Irving is a principal city in Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas and it is also an inner ring suburb of the city of Dallas. According to a 2017 estimate from the United States Census Bureau, the city population was 240,373 making it the thirteenth-most populous city in Texas and 93rd most populous city in the U.S. The city of Irving is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

Seattle Opera opera company in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Seattle Opera is an opera company located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1963 by Glynn Ross, who served as the company's first general director through 1983, Seattle Opera's season runs from August to late May, with five or six operas offered and with eight to ten performances each, often with double casts in major roles to allow for successive evening presentations.

Other Wagner roles he has sung at various opera houses include Tristan in Tristan und Isolde , Siegfried in Götterdämmerung and the title roles in Tannhäuser and Lohengrin . [5] Other roles have included Admete in Gluck's Alceste , Herod in Strauss' Salome , the title role in Berlioz' La damnation de Faust and concert performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Gustav Mahler's Lied von der Erde . [1] [2] [5] Besides Siegmund, he has recorded the roles of Bacchus in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Aeneas in Les Troyens, [2] and also albums of Irish songs and ballads (in English). He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 14, 1993. [4]

<i>Tristan und Isolde</i> opera by Richard Wagner

Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90, is an opera, or music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the 12th-century romance Tristan by Gottfried von Strassburg. It was composed between 1857 and 1859 and premiered at the Königliches Hof- und Nationaltheater in Munich on 10 June 1865 with Hans von Bülow conducting. Wagner referred to the work not as an opera, but called it "eine Handlung", which was the equivalent of the term used by the Spanish playwright Calderón for his dramas.

<i>Götterdämmerung</i> opera by Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D, is the last in Richard Wagner's cycle of four music dramas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen. It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 17 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of the Ring.

<i>Lohengrin</i> (opera) opera by Richard Wagner

Lohengrin, WWV 75, is a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German romance, notably the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach and its sequel, Lohengrin, written by a different author, itself inspired by the epic of Garin le Loherain. It is part of the Knight of the Swan tradition.

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  3. 1 2 "Gary Lakes Met performances" . Retrieved 2009-09-27.
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  5. 1 2 Croan, Robert (November 9, 2001). "Gary Lakes embraces the tough role of Herod in Salome". The Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-09-27.