IAN KOZIARA hailing from Chicago, Illinois, recently debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Enrique in Thomas Adès' "The Exterminating Angel". He was also a 2016 finalist for the Houston Grand Opera’s 28th Annual Eleanor McCollum Concert of Arias. Recent roles performed include the title character in Idomeneo with Wolf Trap Opera, Geoffrey McDonald conducting, the title character in La Clemenza di Tito at the Aspen Festival, with Jane Glover conducting, the title role in Verdi's Stiffelio with the Juilliard School Orchestra and conducted by Evan Rogister, Francis Flute in Rice Opera Theatre’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Witch in Rice Opera Theatre’s production of Hänsel und Gretel. Of his performance in Honegger's Le Roi David with Voices of Ascension, Ian was described as "a vigorous, compelling David... using his powerful voice to convey the full range of the royal David’s very human strengths and weaknesses." The Washington Post hailed Ian's performance in the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo at Wolf Trap Opera as "sung with striking beauty of tone... His King was royal and haunted and evoked nothing so much as Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes". This season at the Metropolitan Opera, Ian will be performing principal roles in La Fanciulla del West, Marnie by Nico Muhly, and The Magic Flute.
Ian has participated in several well-known Young Artist Programs, including Carnegie Hall’s “The Song Continues” Masterclass Series (2016), The Glimmerglass Festival (2016), Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio Artist Program (2015), The Ravinia Steans Institute (2014), Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program (2014), Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (2013), and The Naked Voice Institute at Northwestern University (2013).
Ian is a third-year member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. An Upper Midwest Region finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions of 2014, Ian completed his undergraduate study at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and completed his Master of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. He currently resides in Manhattan, NYC.