Lee Poulis, baritone
Lee Poulis is “virile and heroic in both appearance and vocalism” and has been praised for his “commanding presence” and his “dark baritone, rich in color,” calling it a voice “of power and beauty.” Twice named Best Young Singer by Die Welt, Lee has performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Bilbao, Teatro Municipal Santiago, and with Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. He performed the title role in the national premieres of Doctor Atomic in Germany and at the Finnish National Opera, a production which was nominated for one of Europe’s top theater prizes, Der Faust.
Lee makes his debut with the Modesto Symphony this season with Carmina Burana and recently debuted with Pasadena Symphony as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and returned to Opera Santa Barbara in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He sang Handel's Messiah with the Florida Orchestra and in a debut with Long Beach Camerata, Carmina Burana in a debut with Valley Symphony Orchestra in Texas and again with Long Beach Camerata, and Bach's Mass in B Minor with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. He also appeared in recital with the New West Symphony and sang Bach's Cantata #82, "Ich habe genug" in his Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra debut.
In previous seasons, Lee was on the roster of San Francisco Opera for its production of Lucia di Lammermoor and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Die Fledermaus. His frequently performed roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Valentin in Faust, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in Elisir d’Amore, and Ford in Falstaff with such theaters as Teatro de la Maestranza Seville, Teatre Principal Palma de Mallorca, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Theater Chemnitz, Fort Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, Finnish National Opera, Saarländisches Staatstheater, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Washington National Opera, Theater Bonn, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Los Angeles Opera.
Lee is first prize winner of the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition, Chester Ludgin International Verdi Baritone Competition, and prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and George London Foundation Vocal Competition. He is an alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Music Academy of the West, and Harvard University.