Hailed for his “sonorous and secure voice” (Opera Today), Adam Cannedy is quickly making his way on opera stages across the country. Career highlights include a guest appearance with Tanglewood Music Center’s Contemporary Music Festival appearing as Rooster Wild Thing in Oliver Knussen’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, a role he would reprise in 2011 in his Lincoln Center debut with New York City Opera. Last year he appeared in Light Opera of New York's production of Victor Herbert's THE ONLY GIRL, which included a collaboration with Albany Records to produce the first ever fully-orchestrated cast recording (available on iTunes). Most recently, Adam returned to Opera Omaha as Fiorello in Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and as Handsome in Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST. In April 2016, Adam made his role debut as the villain LeBlanc in the revival of Goodwin and Rice's American opera EVANGELINE, which hasn't been performed in over 100 years, with Longfellow Chorus in Portland, Maine. This season will also see him return to Light Opera of New York in Jerome Kern's SALLY, including another collaboration with Albany Records. Later in 2016, Adam will appear with New York's Contemporary Center for Opera in the world premiere of JANE EYRE.
In 2014 and 2015, Adam appeared with Opera Omaha and The Atlanta Opera in a co-collaboration of Verdi's RIGOLETTO. He also appeared as Masetto in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI with First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Florida. In 2013, Adam made his Opera Omaha debut appearing as Morales in Bizet’s CARMEN, and he completed the season as an emerging artist with Virginia Opera. Prior season highlights include debuts with The Atlanta Opera and Lyric Opera of Virginia in 2012, appearing in the role of El Dancairo in CARMEN for both companies. As an emerging artist, Adam has completed seasons with companies including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Opera North, and Lyric Opera of Virginia. He was a 2011 prizewinner at The Birmingham Opera Competition, a finalist in The Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and most recently won the People’s Choice Award at The American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia.
In 2010, Adam made his European debut at Wexford Festival Opera in Wexford Ireland, appearing as The Ballad Singer in Richard Wargo’s WINNERS and as an Oompa Loompa in Peter Ash’s THE GOLDEN TICKET; both productions were European premieres. A champion of modern music, Adam has collaborated with and performed for living composers including Carlisle Floyd, William Bolcom, Stephen Paulus, Richard Wargo, Simon Sargon, Peter Ash (both the world and European premieres of THE GOLDEN TICKET), Oliver Knussen, Ned Rorem, and Philip Glass. Additional performance credits include COSI FAN TUTTE (Guglielmo and Don Alfonso), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Count Carl Magnus), ROMEO ET JULIETTE (Lord Capulet), the staged premiere of Bolcom’s LUCREZIA (Chucho), CARMEN (Escamillo), Stephen Paulus’s THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (Frank Chambers), SUSANNAH (Olin Blitch), the world premiere of Simon Sargon’s THE SINGING VIOLIN (Baron Frederick), OKLAHOMA! (Will Parker), THE MUSIC MAN (Oliver Hix), CAMELOT (Lancelot), and SWEENEY TODD (Anthony).