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 “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 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, oratorio, opera, 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. Among his professional credits are the roles of Tony (West Side Story), Macheath (Threepenny Opera), Lancelot (Camelot), Emile deBecque (South Pacific), Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees) Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Gaston (La Traviata, with Roberta Peters as Violetta), Prince Yamadori (Madame Butterfly), and Remendado (Carmen).
Mr. Fletcher was chosen by National Medal of Arts 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-praised 2010 release Sure On This Shining Night.” These performances were recorded in close collaboration with the composer and were described by American Record Guide as “superb.” The same review deemed the recording as a whole to be “absolutely stunning.”
Other recent credits include Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem with HSO, Messiah with NHSO and Voce, Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music with ECSO, Elijah with ECSO and Greater Middletown Chorale , the Brahms Requiem with Cappella Cantorum, 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 the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut and Willimantic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Fletcher's broad and extensive experience as a professional ensemble singer in concert, on tour, and in the recording studio includes having been a featured soloist on two European tours with Pro Arte Singers, and multiple Anglican cathedral residencies in England and Scotland. He was also one of 26 singers from across the United States selected from auditions in late 2011 to form a new professional ensemble, the Yale Choral Artists, conducted by Jeffrey Douma, whose debut program of music by Handel was presented to critical acclaim in Carnegie Hall's 2012 Zankel Hall series.
Mr. Fletcher is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and teaches privately in Middletown as well as at Calvary Music School in Stonington. www.paullaurencefletcher.com