Jeffrey Halili “has the keen performing instincts that any good character tenor needs.” Jeffrey has just performed one of his highly acclaimed signature roles – that of Goro opening the season with Hawaii Opera Theatre, which he will subsequently reprise with Anchorage Opera.
Last season Jeffrey undertook his first Guillot in Massenet’s Manon for the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia as a returning guest artist. One reviewer said of his performance, “Mr. Halili returns in fine comic form as the society buffoon Morfontaine, chasing women around, but switching on a dramatic dime when he thinks he’s being cheated at cards.” Earlier last season he appeared as Spoletta in Puccini's Tosca with Austin Lyric Opera and returned to Virginia Opera as Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. He recently performed Nick in La Fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera, which followed his return to New York City Opera where he performed Gaston in their production of La Traviata. Other recent notable appearances have included performances at Avery Fisher Hall as Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Little Orchestra Society for their Holiday performances, AVA’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann as a returning guest artist interpreting the Four Grotesques, and Don Basilio/Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the San Antonio Opera. He has received extensive critical acclaim for his many portrayals of Goro in Madama Butterfly which he has performed with such companies as New York City Opera, San Antonio Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Virginia Opera to name a few. Other noteworthy highlights include L’Incredible/L’abate (Andrea Chenier) for Nashville Opera, Borsa (Rigoletto) with San Antonio Opera, a concert with the Philly Pops, and Pedrillo (Abduction from the Seraglio) with both the Minnesota Opera and Hawaii Opera Theater, as well as Monastatos in New York City Opera's Magic Flute performed at the River to River Festival. In addition to the aforementioned companies, Jeffrey has also appeared with Michigan Opera Theater and New Orleans Opera in works that included Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor, Agrippina, La Traviata, and La Fanciulla del West.
After receiving his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and his Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York, Jeffrey graduated from the Academy of Vocal Arts where he performed numerous roles in operas that included Rigoletto, La Navarraise, Iolanta, Cosi fan tutte, Elektra, L'Amico Fritz, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, Lucia di Lammermoor. Particularly notable was his performance in Das Rheingold, where “[Hurling] himself across the stage with demonic energy, 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 gave consistent pleasure." He has participated in 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 performed Ajax in La Belle Helene alongside Susan Graham.
In concert he has sung David in Die Meistersinger with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Among others, his repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, Arthur Honegger's oratorio King David, Britten's St. Nicholas, and Monteverdi's Vespers.
Upcoming this season, as noted earlier, is Goro with Anchorage Opera. followed by a return to Virginia Opera as the First Jew in Salome. Roles in preparation include Mime in Wagner’s Ringand Almaviva in Barbiere.