Versatile countertenor and Tennessee native, Patrick Dailey has earned honors in the NAACP ACT-SO and the National Classical Singer Magazine University Vocal Competition. He made his operatic debut with Opera Saratoga as the first countertenor member of the company’s Young Artist program and soon after became the first countertenor admitted to Opera New Jersey’s Victoria J. Mastraboso Emerging Artist Program. Operatic roles include Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Belize in Angels in Americaand has been featured in productions with the Boston University Opera Institute, Opera Brittenica, Queens Baroque Opera, the Longfellow Chorus, and Lowell House Opera at Harvard.
On the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, Mr. Dailey made his John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts debut in a featured duet with Aretha Franklin as the finale for the annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration, a concert honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Dailey made his west coast operatic debut as Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Pacific Opera Project of Los Angeles and debuted with Opera Memphis in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the company’s first baroque opera. He has appeared with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony, Music City Baroque, the American Bach Soloists Festival, and Cook, Dixon, and Young. Concert repertoire includes Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C major. Additionally, he is the first-place winner in Opera Ebony’s 2014 Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition and performed the opening invocation for the 2015 Trumpet Awards at the invitation of Trumpet Foundation founder and CEO, Xernona Clayton. Later that year while performing with the acclaimed Inversion Vocal Ensemble, Mr. Dailey was tapped by Grammy Award-winning composer, Marcus Hummon, to be the featured soloist in the world premiere of his concert theatrical, Frederick Douglas: The Making of an American Prophet.
Growing in his reputation as a scholar and educator, Mr. Dailey was invited to the Center for Black Music Research’s first annual Black Vocality Symposium to give a performative presentation entitled The Anatomy of the Black Voice: Peculiarities, Challenges, and Regional Differences. On November 11, 2016, Mr. Dailey presented the Harry T. Burleigh Commemorative Spiritual Festival, a fundraising venture of the Tennessee State University Vocal Department, in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music and the 105 Voices of History.
In June of 2016, Mr. Dailey made his United Kingdom operatic debut as Marc’Antonio in the U.K. premiere of Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra with the Woodhouse Opera Festival and travelled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil that August to reprise this role and serve as Artist-in-Residence at Il Academia de Ópera Barroca making his South American operatic debut in the South American premiere of the work. Additionally, Mr. Dailey debuted with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and gave a featured recital as a part of the 2016 Colour of Music Festival. The 2016/17 season also included debuts with Opera Louisiane as Telemacoin Michael Borowitz’s new orchestration of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses and countertenor soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he was a guest artist with Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, for two sold-out one night only shows at New York City’s Subculture. Most recently, Mr. Dailey returned to the U.K. for the international premiere of Soosan Lolovar’s ID, Please at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival in London. Mr. Dailey’s 2018 season includes engagements with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Nashville Early Music Festival.
Mr. Dailey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music-Vocal Performance with a minor in Dance Education from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and completed the Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University. He holds membership in the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Dailey serves as adjunct professor of voice and director of the Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.