American tenor, Timothy Oliver, was most recently recognized this past February 2017 by Das Opernglas for his portrayal of Loge in the new RHEINGOLD Production at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater as “vocally brilliant” and “intelligently sly.” Incidentally, Opernwelt agreed writing “Timothy Oliver distinguishes himself as a clever countryman Loge with intelligent elocution.”
Mr. 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 50 operas with over 60 roles in his repertoire. Such roles include the Steuermann in Wagner's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Brighella and the Tanzmeister from Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Arbace from Mozart's IDOMENEO, Pedrillo from Mozart’s DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, The Fool in Christ from Mussorsgy’s BORIS GODUNOV, and Camille de Rosillon from Léhar's DIE LUSTIGE WITWE. Mr. Oliver’s work in modern music at the Semperoper earned him praise from Die Welt which wrote of his portrayal as the 2nd Soldier in Hans Werner Henze’s, WE COME TO THE RIVER, as "the strongest vocal performance of the evening.”
He is looking forward to more role debuts and reprisals at the Semperoper this season 2017/2018 first as the Radio Singer in Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI, followed by the role of Graf Albert in the new DIE TOTE STADT production, Triquet in EUGEN ONEGIN, and Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Furthermore, Mr. Oliver is extremely excited for his debut with the Salzburg Osternfestspiele at the end of March 2018 as the role of Habinnas in Bruno Maderna’s chamber opera SATYRICON.
In addition to his numerous performances at the Semperoper and concert appearances, Mr. Oliver maintains a close relationship with the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. After his first appearance in Oldenburg in 2016 in the role of Gandhi in Philip Glass’ SATYAGRAHA, Mr. Oliver was invited to return for his debut in February of 2017 as Loge in RHEINGOLD. He is looking forward to debuting in the fall of 2018 as Mime in SIEGFRIED as the new Ring production continues. Mr. Oliver’s debut at the Komische Oper in Berlin last season was the result of jumping in at the last minute for a new production of the modern opera from HK Gruber DIE GESCHICHTEN AUS DEM WIENERWALD. This was followed by two further invitations from the Komische Oper for the role of Ulrich Eißlinger in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG and the role of John Darling in the new production of Richard Ayer’s opera PETER PAN. Mr. Oliver returns to the Komische Oper for the season 2017/18 as Prince Arjuna in Philip Glass’ SATYAGRAHA and will travel in April 2018 to Japan with the Komische Oper’s world famous DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE production in the role of Monostatos.
Mr. Oliver has also recently enjoyed a successful debut with the Oper Leipzig in the European premiere of Gordon Getty’s THE CANTERVILLE GHOST in the role of Cecil Cheshire, the recording of which can be heard on Apple Music and Spotify.
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. Mr. Oliver maintains a very close relationship with Maestro Fabio Luisi who first brought him to Vienna in 2010 to the Musikverein where he sang the title role in Berlioz’s DAMNATION DE FAUST. Thereafter, Maestro Luisi has engaged him to sing with orchestras all over the world including the London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In addition, Mr. Oliver is a sought after interpreter of numerous Bach works, in particular the WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM, JOHANNES PASSION and MATTHÄUS PASSION in both the roles of the Evangelist and Tenor Soloist.
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 Bayreuther Festspiele as the Vierte Knappe in the new PARSIFAL production from Stefan Herheim. 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.
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.