Jeffrey Halili has the keen performing instincts that any good character tenor needs. Mr. Halili has just appeared with Austin Lyric Opera as Spoleta in their Tosca. He began the current season with his return to Virginia Opera as Bardolfo. He also recently performed Nick with Nashville Opera in their new Fanciulla del West, was with New York City Opera for Gaston in their production of La Traviata and prior to that he returned to Avery Fisher Hall as Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Little Orchestra Society for their Holiday performances. In fall 2011 he had a huge success in AVA's production of Tales of Hoffmann where he had been invited as a guest to perform the character tenor roles. Last season Jeffrey performed the Verdi Requiem with the Lancaster Symphony as well as Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society during the holiday season. The Filipino-Canadian tenor also performed Goro wih Virginia Opera and just prior was Don Basilio/Don Curzio with San Antonio Opera. In fall 2010 he performed Incredible (Andrea Chenier) for Nashville Opera as well as Borsa with San Antonio Opera. He sang Goro with New York City Opera the previous season along with a concert with the Philly Pops and also was Goro for San Antonio Opera to open 2009-10 along with concerts of Carmina Burana, Britten's St. Nicholas and Monteverdi's Vespers during the past season. In 2008-09 Jeffrey made his debut as Pedrillo with both Minnesota and Hawaii Opera Theater. He also returned to Florida Grand Opera to perform Goro in a critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly as well as to New York for New York City Oper's Magic Flute at the River to River Festival this summer. He was featured in Sound Bites in the February 2009 issue of Opera News where he was described as having " the sweetness of a high lyric tenor, but there's a hint of steel that suggests a Mime in the making". Career highlights include debuts with New York City Opera, Michigan, New Orleans, Virginia and Florida Grand Opera in works such as Turandot, Lucia, Agrippina, La Traviata and Fanciulla del West.
Mr. Halili is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts where he performed numerous roles in operas including Rigoletto, La Navarraise, Iolanta, Cosi fan tutte, Elektra, L'Amico Fritz, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote and Lucia di Lammermoor. "[Hurling] himself across the stage with demonic enery" in AVA's production of Das Rheingold, "the clever fire god Loge furnished tenor Jeffrey Halili with an excellent vehicle for his gifts; his dynamic characterization, deft verbal pointing and legato flow [which] gave consistant pleasure". He has attended several notable summer programs including those at Glimmerglass, Santa Fe and Chautauqua where he gave "first rate performances" as Goro in Madama Butterfly, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and Giles Corey in the Crucible. At Santa Fe Opera, he perfomed Ajax in La Belle Helene alongside Susan Graham.
In concert he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic. His repertoire includes Uriel in The Creation, Handel's Messiah, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, and Arthur Honegger's oratorio King David.
He received his Master's in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and his Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York.
Jeffrey returns to Virgina Opera next season as the First Jew in Salome and to Hawaii Opera Theatre as well as Opera Anchorage, as Goro. Roles in preparation include Guillot in Manon and Mime in Wagner's Ring.