Paul Shikany – Tenor
Tenor Paul Shikany's engagements have included appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus; The Opera Company of Brooklyn; Opera Pacific in Santa Ana, Californi;, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles; Chorale Bel Canto, New York; and with Dartmouth College’s Handel Society. He appeared as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Opera Company of Brooklyn and took on numerous character roles in Opera Pacific’s production of Candide. Other opera roles have included Léon in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso and Ali in a recording of Spohr’s Zemire und Azor. Oratorio and sacred music repertoire includes Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Requiem.
He has performed a wide variety of recital repertoire and is particularly fond of song cycles, including Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis Op. 39, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Poulenc’s Tel jour telle nuit, Faure’s La bonne chanson and Britten’s Winter Words.
He is a frequent collaborator with instrumental ensembles in the presentation of chamber music. Performances have included Stravinsky’s In memoriam Dylan Thomas, the world premiere of Erik Lindsey’s Vaivén, Britten’s Canticles and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and the Monteverdi chamber opera Il combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda. A native of Danville, California, Paul Shikany attended the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music.