Derek Greten-Harrison, artistic director


Derek Greten-Harrison - Photo by Matthew Fried

Derek Greten-Harrison - Photo by Matthew Fried

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 been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah and As Pants the Hart, Bach’s Magnificat and Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit de Noël, among other works.  In addition to directing Etherea, he is also the longtime alto section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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 Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest.  Subsequently he was asked to interpret his Tempest role in the highly 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 is a published writer and music critic who regularly reviews recordings and performances for Opera News magazine.  He is currently authoring a book about the vocal training and performing careers of sopranos in the Golden Age of the American Musical.