Hailed for his “sonorous and secure voice” (Opera Today), baritone 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. Most recently, he appeared as Marullo in both Opera Omaha and The Atlanta Opera's co-production of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO, as well as Masetto in First Coast Opera's DON GIOVANNI. The 2015-2016 season will see Adam return 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 will make his role debut as LeBlanc in the revival of Goodwin and Rice's American opera EVANGELINE with Longfellow Chorus in Portland, Maine, and he will join the staff of Chamber Music Campania as resident teaching and performing artist for the Lucera Vocal Institute in Lucera, Italy.
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).