American tenor Timothy Oliver began his career by earning a "fest contract" with the world famous Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. In his time there, Mr. Oliver has performed in over 45 operas with over 50 roles in his repertoire. Such roles include the Steuermann in Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer," Brighella from Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," Arbace from Mozart's "Idomeneo," and Camille de Rosillon from Léhar's "Die Lustige Witwe." Opening the 2012/2013 season at the Semperoper in September, Die Welt wrote of Mr. Oliver’s performance as the 2nd Soldier in the premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s, "We Come to the River," as "the strongest vocal performance of the evening.“
The 2013-2014 season will see Mr. Oliver continuing his close relationship with Maestro Fabio Luisi including three major appearances and venue debuts: Tenor Soloist in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Tokyo NHK Symphony in January, Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s “C Major Mass” with the London Symphony Orchestra in June, and the role of Tartagil in “La Donna Serpente” for the Festival della Valle d’Itria Martina Franca in July. In addition, Mr. Oliver will make his role debut as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Semperoper, Dresden in March. He will also be debuting as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” with the Lodz Philarmonic under the baton of Daniel Raiskin. His debut with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo is planned for October as the role of the Teufels Famulus in the highly successful production of the Semperoper’s “Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeiffer.”
Mr. Oliver has made acclaimed debuts at summer festivals in Austria, Germany and Italy in the leading lyric roles of Belmonte in „Die Entführung aus dem Serail“, Tamino in "Die Zauberflöte", as well as, Nemorino in "L'Elisir d'Amore." In the summer of 2008, he made his debut at the world renowned Wagner Festival in Bayreuth as the Vierte Knappe in the new “Parsifal” production. He returned to Bayreuth in 2009 to reprise the role and take over the role of Ulrich Eislinger in "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg." He enjoyed returning to the United States in the summer of 2010 with a debut at the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Summer Festival in the role of Monostatos in “Die Zauberflöte”.
Mr. Oliver is equally at home on the concert and recital stage. He made his debut in 2008 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany under the baton of Maestro Sebastian Weigle singing the famous Dying Swan in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” In March 2010, he was very excited to make a major leading role debut under the baton of Maestro Fabio Luisi at the Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna, Austria singing the title role in Berlioz’s “Damnation of Faust.” He returned to the Musikverein and L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2012 for concerts of „Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln“ again under the baton of Maestro Luisi. Also, in addition to having performed the Evangelist in the Bach St. Matthew Passion, he has successfully taken on the Evangelist and tenor arias in the St. John’s Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium.
Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Oliver earned his Bachelor and Master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2001 and 2003 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors. It was also during his university years that the Ohio Light Opera engaged him for multiple summers where he performed leading roles such as Captain Fitzbattleaxe in "Utopia Limited", Camille de Rosillon in "The Merry Widow", and the title role in "Robin Hood". In addition, he took part in numerous summer opera festivals including the St. Louis Opera Apprentice Program and Central City Opera where he had the honor of singing the lead roles of Larry/Matt in the famous “Face on the Ballroom Floor” and receiving the John Moriarty Award.