Paul Laurence Fletcher | Baritone
Hailed by the Hartford Courant as “a real find” with “vocal quality at once youthful, virile, impassioned and seductive,” baritone Paul Laurence Fletcher’s singing has been further described as being “vocally alluring” (Farmington Valley Herald), “beautiful and clear” (Danbury News-Times), “with great power” (Stamford Advocate), and “earnest, convincing and rich” (Greenwich News).
An honors graduate of Abilene Christian University (BMusEd), Mr. Fletcher won a full scholarship/assistantship to the Hartt School (MM in Voice, with distinction) where he took first prizes for operatic performance in leading roles and also in the La Voix Poetique art song competition. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and teaches privately in Middletown as well as at Calvary Music School. He has appeared as a featured principal soloist with The American Classical Orchestra, Orchestra New England, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and many other leading southern New England performing organizations in a diversified repertoire encompassing concert, opera, oratorio, recital, chamber music and musical theater. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, he has performed principal and supporting roles in productions at Lamb’s Theatre (Times Square), Theatre 315 (New York City), Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Theatre on the Green, Hartford Stage, the Shubert Opera, Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Ivoryton Playhouse and others, with Tony (West Side Story), Macheath (Threepenny Opera), Lancelot (Camelot), Emile deBeque (South Pacific), Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees) and Cervantes/Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) among his professional credits.
Mr. Fletcher was chosen by National Medal ofArts recipient Morten Lauridsen to perform the CD premiere of the composer's dramatic solo/chamber work, Be Still, My Soul, Be Still as well as the solo version of his popular O Magnum Mysterium on Voce's critically-lauded 2010 release, Sure On This Shining Night - performances recorded in close collaboration with the composer and described by American Record Guide as “absolutely stunning” and “superb.”
Other solo credits include Ralph Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem with HSO, Messiah with NHSO, Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music with ECSO, Elijah with ECSO Chorus and Greater Middletown Chorale, Kurt Weill's Walt Whitman Songs with Wesleyan Orchestra, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut and Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs with Willimantic Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Fletcher was one of 26 singers from across the U.S. selected from auditions in late 2011 to form a new professional ensemble, the Yale Choral Artists, conducted by Jeffrey Douma, whose inaugural program of music by Handel was presented to critical acclaim on Carnegie Hall’s 2012 Zankel Hall series, under the direction of internationally-renowned maestro William Christie.