UK grad, Centre artist-in-residence to perform Easter oratorio in NY

Gregory Turay
Gregory Turay

Centre College’s Alltech Artist-in-Residence Gregory Turay will perform the Easter oratorio “Thy Will Be Done” at the Lincoln Center’s Geffen Hall in New York with The National Chorale, March 16.

“Thy Will Be Done” is a 90-minute Easter oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra composed by Angela Rice of Lexington, Kentucky. The music tells the story of the life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Turay will sing the role of Jesus.

Everett McCorvey, the director of the National Chorale in New York, has been the executive producer of the work for the past fours. As a result of the success of the oratorio over the last seven years in Lexington, Everett decided to bring it to New York.

“It’s been a humbling and transformative experience for me performing this role, as the music and the story has made an impact on the audience each and every year,” Turay said. “I am really looking forward to the New York audiences getting to hear this for the first time. It’s been such a huge success in Lexington.”

Turay is the recipient of several of classical music’s most coveted honors, including the Richard Tucker Award, George London Foundation Award and ARIA award.

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the age of 21 and an alumnus of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Turay made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Bringhella in Ariadne auf Naxos and has returned for many engagements.

Turay’s distinguished career is punctuated by his creation of the role Rodolpho in William Bolcom’s opera A View from the Bridge for the world premiere at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the ensuing recording of the original cast; numerous performances at the Metropolitan Opera; a televised gala honoring Seiji Ozawa of Haydn’s Creation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Levine; and Saito Kinen Festival debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.

Most recently, Turay has been heard with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Act III of La Boheme under the direction of Robert Spano and with the Netherland Radio Orchestra for the rare performed Davide Penitente by Mozart.

An admired chamber recitalist, Turay has appeared under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in New York and Palm Springs; the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall under the auspices of Young Concert Artists; and at the Edinburgh Festival, among other locations.

Other honors include the Richard Gaddes Award from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; first prize in both the D’Angelo Young Artists and Catherine E. Pope Competitions; and the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize.

Turay is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He currently studies with Everett McCorvey.

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