“Cody Austin, as Alfredo, bends his effortlessly fluid tenor into a powerful romantic chemistry with Violetta in his Virginia operatic debut.” – La Traviata, Lyric Opera of Virginia – The Richmond Times
American tenor Cody Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age. A 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, his voice has been described as “a warm, rich quality… produced with an evenness that’s rare.” His professional debut was with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Roderigo in Otello in 2009, where he was invited to return the following season to perform Edmondo in Manon Lescaut.
Recent engagements include the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for Virginia Opera, Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Jose in Le Tragedy de Carmen for Shreveport Opera, and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids. In 2015-16 her performed the role of Faust in Boito’s Mefistofile with Knoxville Opera, Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Alfredo in La Traviata for Opera Tampa, and made his debut as Pinkerton with the Northern Lights Festival this summer. Engagements this season include Alfredo in La Traviata with Pittsburgh Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Buttefly with Pa Skaret Opera in Sweden and Gulf Coast Symphony and Opera, as well as Traviata with New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Next season he debuts the Florentine Opera as Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. In Philadelphia he has performed Tassilo in Countess Maritza with the Concert Operetta Theater and was featured as tenor soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in a program entitled ‘The Great American Tenor’ in 2010.
In Philadelphia he has performed Tassilo in Countess Maritza with the Concert Operetta Theater and was featured as tenor soloist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in a program entitled ‘The Great American Tenor’ in 2010. While at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. Austin had the opportunity to perform in Kat’a Kabanova, La Traviata, and Anna Bolena. Prior to AVA he completed graduate work at Indiana University where he sang George Gibbs in the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. He has been a young artist at Central City Opera and Opera New Jersey, where he performed in La Traviata and The Merry Widow.