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Jay Carter

Jay Carter

Jay Carter

American countertenor Jay Carter is quickly gaining recognition as one of the nation’s finest, lauded for his luminous tone and stylish interpretations especially in the music of Bach, Bernstein, Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi. Equally at home in the modern recital repertoire, he has gained acclaim for programs of modern classics typically outside the standard countertenor repertory by composers such as Quilter, Brahms, Britten, and Hahn. Carter is a featured soloist on recordings of Bach’s Magnificat in D, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, all of which will be released commercially in late 2008.

His 2008-09 season includes his Carnegie Hall debut in Messiah with Musica Sacra/Kent Tritle, Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington/Norman Scribner, Vivaldi, Handel and Bach with the Louisville Bach Society and the title role in Handel’s Solomon with the Omaha Symphony. He will also record Caldara’s Medea and Handel cantatas with the Kingsbury Ensemble.

Other recent repertoire includes Handel’s Saul, Bach’s Weinachts Oratorium and numerous cantatas, Bernstein’s Missa Brevis and Chichester Psalms, Caldara’s Medea in Corino, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus, Cessate, omai cessate and Gloria, as well as Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. He has worked with noted conductors including Owen Burdick, Simon Carrington, Arnold Epley, Paul Goodwin, Stephen Layton, Sir Philip Ledger CBE, Nicholas McGegan and Helmuth Rilling.

In addition to concert performances and recitals, Mr. Carter is also increasingly in demand as a guest lecturer on countertenor technique and repertory, frequently offering unique interactive lecture-recitals and masterclasses. Mr. Carter received a Masters in Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied with James Taylor, Simon Carrington, and Judith Malafronte and was singled out for the Louise E. McClain scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He was a 2008 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife and two children, and enjoys fine cuisine and reading short stories as well as serving as Artist-in-residence at William Jewell College.

Carter is exclusively represented by Schwalbe and Partners.

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