Peculiar Grace - Blanchard's Fire shut up in my bones
Hai gia vinta la causa... Vedro mentr'io sospiro - Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
As a proud member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center Ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, baritone Leroy Davis sang or covered roles in Macbeth, Die Zauberflöte and Florencia en el Amazonas. In 2022, he sang the Jailor and covered Sacristan in Tosca, and made his debut as Pastor/Kaboom, covering Chester in Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Leroy made a role and company debut with Opera on the Avalon as Charlie in Three Decembers, sang Marcello in La Bohème with Kentucky Opera and joined Atlanta Opera as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.
In 2023, the baritone returns to Florentine Opera for his first Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbieri di Siviglia, sings the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera, and stars in the Canadian premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s FEBRUARY with Opera on the Avalon. In 2024, he covers Young Emile in Champion with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and sings the role of Benny Paret.
Recent engagements include his Lincoln Center debut in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Bartlett Sher’s Intimate Apparel, a concert with New York Festival of Song, and the world premiere of Completing the Picture by composer Michael Ching with Opera Company of Middlebury.
Leroy has appeared as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boston Opera Collaborative, Forrester in Cunning Little Vixen and Joe St. George in Dolores Claiborne. As a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theater of St. Louis, he appeared in Rigoletto and Fire Shut Up in My Bones. He also debuted at the Phoenicia Festival as Belcore in L’elisir d’Amore and Odyssey Opera as Ernesto Malcom in Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra.
In 2018, Leroy was a resident studio artist with Florentine Opera where he sang Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Adonis in Venus and Adonis, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. That same season he made role debuts as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Mandarin/Ping in Turandot with the Shreveport Opera, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte as a guest artist with the New England Conservatory, followed by Maximillian in Candide with Chautauqua Opera
Other credits include Imperial Commissioner/Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Ivan in Die Fledermaus, Maitre D’/Farley in the world premiere and cast recording of Sister Carrie and Masetto in Don Giovanni. He also performed a concert of new American operatic works from the Florentine Opera’s recording anthology at the National Opera Center in New York City. Leroy was a young artist at Central City Opera where he was awarded the Iris Henwood Richards Memorial Award. In concert, he was bass soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Davis attended the Mannes College of Music and earned his Masters degree at Bard College.