The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School

Joel Katz

Voice; History; Music Literature; Pedagogy

Joel Katz is one of Canada's most prominent teacher/performers. Chairman of the Voice Department at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory from 2005-2009, Joel has been a prizewinner and finalist at vocal competitions in Munich, Rio di Janeiro, and Philadelphia, and has won the Schubert Prize for Lieder (Austria). He has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, the Edmonton Opera, the Calgary Opera, the Pacific Opera, the Winnipeg Opera, and Opera Hamilton in Canada, the Opera Theater of St. Louis and the Chattanooga Opera in the United States, and the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and the Landestheater Hof in Germany.

Known for his “sonorously deep voice” (Toronto Star) and strong dramatic presence, Joel Katz has taught at the Bayreuth Festival (1996-1998), in Manchester, England, and at the Theatre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. He has recently fulfilled the requirements for the Master's in Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield in England, and holds a BA from Bennington College, and Artist and Opera Diplomas from the University of Toronto.

Joel has prepared artists for roles at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Staatsoper (Berlin), La Scala (Milan), and the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna). Mr. Katz’ work with the Canadian Opera Company can be seen in the video, “The Making of an Opera”, and as the Marchese of Calatrava in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino”, distributed internationally. He has appeared in two of Alexina Louie’s new operas for the television special “Burnt Toast”, broadcast on CBC TV’s “Opening Night”: for Bravo! television’s Arts & Minds, he participated in a tribute to the work of Ricardo Muti.

His recent work with Opera Hamilton includes Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohéme (conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg), the Sacristan in Tosca, and the Ancien Evreu in Samson et Dalilah under Maestro Daniel Lipton. He has created roles in a number of new Canadian works, including Thomas Dusatko’s “Joseph Brant” for Opera Ontario, the Blue Man in the premiere of Murray Schafer’s opera, “The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix”, and the Devil in Alexina Louie’s latest project, the opera “Mulroney, The Opera”, shown in theatres across Canada as part of the “Met in HD” series.

Joel has sung with the Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Munich Radio Orchestra, Schaffhausen Festival Orchestra, Taipei Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Quebec Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Winnipeg Chamber Players, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra among others. He has worked with many notable conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Mario Bernardi, Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Elmer Iseler, Maurizio Arena, Julius Rudel, Catherine Comet, Daniel Lipton, Victor Feldbrill, and Timothy Vernon.

You may contact Professor Katz through e-mail at: joel.katz@rcmusic.ca