Rexford Tester, tenor

Monday, April 17 @ 8 pm



A Virginia-born tenor and JMU alum, Rexford Tester is a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera. This 2016-17 season at WNO, Tester was seen as Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro and debuted the role of Cheap Petrol Protestor in the world premiere of The Dictator’s Wife by Mohammed Fairouz. Later this season at WNO, Tester will be seen in Justice at the Opera with Ruth Bader Ginsberg and as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the 2015-2016 season, he made his WNO debut as El Remendado in Carmen, and appeared as Lorrin Thurston in the world premiere of Better Gods. Next season at Washington National Opera, Tester will be singing the role of Oronte in Handel’s Alcina.

Tester was a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2015 and 2016, where he covered Tamino and First Priest in The Magic Flute, as well as performed the role of Tamino in the Young Artists’ production. Also at The Glimmerglass Festival, he covered Giannetto in The Thieving Magpie and sang Count Alberto in Lost Luggage. Tester was an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera in 2014, where he covered Ernesto in Don Pasquale and performed in a scene from La finta giardiniera. Other credits include Lindoro in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri (Tri-Cities Opera), Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du Régiment (CoOPERAtive Program), and Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Tester’s recent concert credits include the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with both The Apollo Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, Obadjah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and a tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has also performed as a tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. He was the tenor soloist for The Dallas Opera’s production of Mozart & Co. in collaboration with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Tester was a National Finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2014, and he won second place at The Jensen Foundation Competition in 2015. He earned his B.M. from James Madison University and his M.M. from Westminster Choir College.