[ Tenor ]
With his “richly colored voice” (Seen and Heard International), Jamaican-American tenor Terrence Chin-Loy pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. The 2019-2020 sees Terrence in his first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera as Mingo (Cover) in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, reprising Younger Thompson in Cipullo’s Glory Denied, and making debuts with the New York Festival of Song as a part of the Vocal Rising Stars series. During the holiday season, he will sing Messiah with the U.S. Navy Orchestra, and in the summer of 2020, he will premiere a new piece by Daniel Bernard Roumain at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on the topic of the shooting of Philando Castile.
As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera in the 2018-2019 season, Chin-Loy was seen as Idomeneo in Idomeneo: afterWARds, director David Paul’s retelling of Mozart’s masterpiece with the composer’s original music, and as Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. In addition to these engagements, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah. Other favorite roles have included George Bailey in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, both at Indiana University, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Count Alberto in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, the latter operas with Opera Theatre of Yale College. While at Yale, Chin-Loy was also a frequent performer with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, with which he performed major roles in La Calisto (Cavalli), Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) and Scipione affricano (Cavalli).
Chin-Loy is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Performer Diploma. He also holds degrees from Mannes College and Yale University. At Mannes, he received the Michael Sisca Opera Award, the school’s top prize for an opera singer. Chin-Loy holds a BA in Music from Yale University, where he concentrated his studies on Music Theory and Musicology. He wrote his thesis on “Visions in Death: Wagner’s Ecstasies,” an exploration of ecstatic musics during the deaths of Brünnhilde and Isolde. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.