Devon Russo performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble member in Opera, Contemporary Music, and Early Music throughout the United States. Onstage, he has performed the roles of Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Oloferne (La Giuditta), Papageno (Die Zauberflӧte), and the title roles in Gianni Schicchi, Signor Deluso, Le Carnaval Mascarade and Dido and Aeneas. With a particular love for Handel’s operas and oratorios, he has sung Tirenio (Il Pastor Fido), Argante (Rinaldo), Manoah (Samson), Farasmane (Radamisto), and the bass solo in Messiah.
In concert, he has sung the baritone solos in Carmina Burana, Five Mystical Songs, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and the title role in Elijah. As an ensemble member he has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Schola Cantorum at St. Stephen’s (Providence, RI), Odyssey Opera, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and this season has joined the roster of the Cantata Singers in Boston. Mr. Russo has taken part in the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queen’s College, the Amherst Early Music Festival Opera Project and Winter Workshop, and the Manhattan Opera Studio Summer Festival. He has been a vocal apprentice at the Nahant Music Festival and a Choral Scholar with the Oratorio Society of New York, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and Trinity Church (Newport, RI). He has performed with Opera in Williamsburg, Opera Providence, Salt Marsh Opera, the Masterworks Chorale, and Harvard pro Musica.
Mr. Russo is currently a Semifinalist for The American Prize in Voice Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award (Art Song and Oratorio) and in 2012 was the runner up for the NATS Artist Awards Competition. A passionate educator, he is currently a part of the voice faculty at South Shore Conservatory and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. Mr. Russo earned his Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Rhode Island.