Described as a performer who “gives himself completely to the singing” (Unser Lübeck), French tenor Morgan Manifacier is quickly establishing an international career as an interpreter of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the newest of contemporary music. A compelling and versatile singer, he has sung under the direction of conductors Daniel Beckwith, Christopher Fecteau, David Lawton, Avi Stein, Benoît Renard and Douglas Martin.
This 2021/22 season, Morgan will perform the role of Siavash in the world premiere of Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s We the Innumerable in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC) and debut the role of Evandro in Gluck’s Alceste with the Occasional Opera Company of Manhattan. His concert engagements will include recital appearances at the Kulturwerft Gollan with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building with the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Freeport Memorial Library (NY) and Hilton Head’s Performing Arts Consortium.
Notable opera performances from previous seasons include the title role in Pygmalion by Rameau (Stony Brook Opera), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (dell’Arte Opera Ensemble), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Manhattan Opera Studio), Sultan Soliman in Zaide (Occasional Opera Company), Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (SBO), Agenore in Il re pastore (SBO), Sorcerer in Dido and Æneas (SBO), Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus (SBO) and Borsa in Rigoletto (Amore Opera). Morgan has also been involved in the creation and performance of several operas by contemporary composers, including the roles of Man in Healing by Ed Rosenberg III and Ararat in January 19, 2007, by Joseph Bohigian.
His polished interpretations of diverse repertoire has brought him accolades from several competitions, including winning First Prize of The American Prize in Voice, 2021 (men in art song, university division) and receiving the Jere H. Brophy Scholar Award (3rd Place) at the S. Livingston Mather Vocal Competition. He was also a recent finalist of the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition (canceled due to COVID-19) and a semi-finalist of the Premiere Opera Foundation International Competition and the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition (tier II).
Manifacier is a proud alumnus of several music festivals and international training programs, which include SongFest at Colburn, OperaFest at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Musiktheater Bavaria’s International Baroque Academy and the AlpenKammerMusik Festival in Austria. There, he notably worked and collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Roger Vignoles, Christoph Prégardien, Kevin Murphy, Joan Dornemann, Laura Brooks Rice, Gina Lapinski, Alan Louis Smith, Dimitri Dover, Lydia Brown, James Cheung, Tanya Bannister, Chris Robson, Libby Larsen and Jake Heggie.
Currently a DMA Candidate at Stony Brook University, Manifacier studies on a full-tuition scholarship under the tutelage of Randall Scarlata and Jeremy Little, and continues to coach with Timothy Long, Daniel Beckwith and Roger Malouf. Other major voice teachers include Robert C. White Jr. and Neal Harrelson. He is the grateful recipient of career grants from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and The Performing Arts Consortium.
A committed and passionate educator, Manifacier has taught applied voice, lyric diction and performance workshop classes at Stony Brook University and is thrilled to join the voice faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.