Chicago native Ian Koziara was a three-year member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, having worked with such notable conductors as Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Bertrand de Billy, and Marco Armiliato. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Enrique in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel, with subsequent appearances in Parsifal, Nico Muhly’s Marnie, The Magic Flute, and La Fanciulla del West. Ian’s recent appearance as Fritz in Franz Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang (Oper Frankfurt) was hailed by the Wiesbadener Tagblatt as “so strong as Fritz that one is amazed at how naturally a sense of beauty and despair can go hand in hand”. His performance in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo yielded accolades from the Washington Post, praising his “striking beauty of tone… His King was royal and haunted and evoked nothing so much as Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes”.

Ian is equally at home on the concert stage as in opera.  In Honegger’s Le Roi David with New York’s Voices of Ascension and F. Murray Abraham, Ian was described as “a vigorous, compelling David… using his powerful voice to convey the full range of David’s very human strengths and weaknesses.” His repertoire in non-opera works includes Messiah, The Dream of Gerontius, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, among many others.

Next season, Ian will return to Oper Frankfurt in their production of Martinu’s Julietta, and make his role debut as Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz in New York City. He will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, as well as perform in a yet-unannounced program with Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Finally, Ian will return to The Glimmerglass Festival in a major role, to be announced in Summer 2019.

In his capacity as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ian performed many excerpts and acts of important roles from such works as Wagner’s Lohengrin, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Verdi’s Stiffelio. Ian is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Performance Highlights

  • Oper Frankfurt, Fritz, Der Ferne Klang (2019)

  • The Metropolitan Opera, Derek, Marnie (2018)

  • Wolf Trap Opera, Idomeneo, Idomeneo (2018)

  • The Metropolitan Opera, Enrique, The Exterminating Angel (2017)

  • Aspen Opera, Tito, La Clemenza di Tito (2017)

La Clemenza di Tito, Aspen Music Fest, 2017. photo by Ed Berkeley

La Clemenza di Tito, Aspen Music Fest, 2017. photo by Ed Berkeley