PAUL HARTFIELD, tenor soloist, is an intelligent singer with a glorious voice. Although American-born and raised in Texas, he is in style and spirit a true Italian tenor. Mr. Hartfield has a highly personal singing style that makes difficult songs seem effortless and yet deeply moving. With an easy command of the high register, he continues to impress critics and audiences with his floating pianissimos and has few peers in projecting Italianate passions tempered with constancy and consistency of tone. His singing blends technical command with elegant, gifted musicality.
Mr. Hartfield earned a number of America’s most prestigious singing awards early in his career, and was very soon singing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Seattle Opera, Kansas City Opera, and San Diego Opera. Mr. Hartfield’s international engagements have included the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Opera de Monte Carlo, Teatro Communale di Bologna, the Bel Canto Festival (France), Hong Kong Opera, and Cape Town Opera.
Conservative in his repertoire, Mr. Hartfield shines in the lyric roles of Verdi and Puccini. He has delighted audiences with the bel canto heroes of Donizetti’s Tonio in La Fille du Regiment, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Nemorino in Elixir of Love, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Hartfield recently added the poet Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to his repertoire in a Russian version sung with the Utah Opera. In 2002 he performed Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci with the Tampa Bay Opera.
With a cumulative record of over 100 performances of Rigoletto and nearly 80 performances of La Traviata, Mr. Hartfield focuses the majority of his time and energies on the symphonic concert stage in an environment that allows him to present a significant amount of the tenor repertory from Mozart to Mussorgsky.
Mr. Hartfield has sang with Midwest Winds during each of four concert seasons at the Holiday Concert in December.