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Alvy Powell – bass-baritone

Alvy Powell, one of the world’s best known interpreters of the role of Porgy, has won acclaim for his performances at La Scala, New York City Opera Live at Lincoln Center PBS, San Francisco Opera, Cape Town Opera in South Africa, Sydney Opera in Australia and Houston to name a few.  And in 1996 Mr. Powell was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of Porgy.  He has appeared as Bartolo from Le Nozze di Figaro with the Virginia Opera; Sharpless from Madama Butterfly with the Connecticut Opera; Colline in La Boheme with the Tulsa Opera and Opera Pacific; Timur in Turandot with Opera Carolina, Opera Grand Rapids and the Cleveland Opera.

Mr. Powell made his film debut as Balthazar in the BBC’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2008 singing the role of Joe in the concert production of Showboat.  He returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2009 singing a concert production of Porgy and Bess.

Alvy Powell was bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Rome Opera commemorating the Centenntial of the death of Giuseppe Verdi sponsored by the Vatican.  In 2007 Mr. Powell made his debut with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. performing Porgy and Bess and was showcased for the annual Kennedy Center Christmas Holiday Gala conducted by Norman Scribner.

His vast oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Rossini’s Stabat Mater and reprised the role in October 2011 with the Singers’ Project; and Brahm’s Requiem to name a few.  And in January of 2012, he again sang the title role of Porgy at the historic San Carlo Opera in Naples, Italy.

Combining his military career with his independent vocal performances Master Sergeant Alvy Powell is a soloist with the United States Army Chorus.  He has sung at the White House on several occasions and first came to national prominence singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Inauguration of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.  Being a favorite of the Ford Family he was requested and sang at the funerals of former President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford.