Derek Greten-Harrison, artistic director
Derek Greten-Harrison (artistic director) earned his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music in opera performance from Purchase College, State University of New York. He is highly sought after for his compelling work both as a countertenor and as a baritone. As a countertenor, he has performed the role of Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah and As Pants the Hart, Bach’s Magnificat and Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit de Noël, among other works.
As a baritone, Derek has performed the roles of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Betto and Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, the Gendarme in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, and Shakespeare’s arch villain Antonio in the New York premiere production of Hoiby’s The Tempest. Subsequently he was asked to interpret his Tempest role in the acclaimed studio recording released by Albany Records. Derek’s versatility as a singing actor has also led to musical theater performances as Fred/Petruchio in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate and Harold Hill in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.
When not performing, Derek works as a musicologist in the area of film music restoration; to date, restoration projects have included the complete scores to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair (1945) and M-G-M’s Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), as well as a number of individual songs from the Fox, M-G-M, and Warner Brothers catalogs. His work has been performed in concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Pasdeloup, and the PKF-Prague Philhamonia. In addition, selections were recently recorded by baritone Simon Keenlyside, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and conductor David Charles Abell, and released on the album Something's Gotta Give (Chandos 10838).
Derek is also a published writer and has contributed numerous reviews to Opera News magazine.