Damien Geter is a celebrated bass-baritone – “amazing to listen to. Possessed of a rolling, resonant voice even at the lowest register” (Northwest Reverb) – whose varied credits include performances from the operatic stage to the television screen. Opera Todaypraises his sound palette, which “is very much his own distinct voice, and invigoratingly fresh” while The News Tribune calls him “superb”. In addition to his vocal accomplishments, Geter serves as Interim Music Director and Artistic Advisor at Portland Opera, as well as the Artistic Advisor for Resonance Ensemble. He is also the Composer-in-Residence at the Richmond Symphony through the 2024-25 season.
In the 2023-2024 season, Geter portrays the role of abolitionist and historian William Still in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s oratorio Sanctuary Road, presented by Virginia Opera, and based on the writings of Still, who is credited with helping nearly 800 enslaved African Americans escape to freedom. He also joins Auburn Symphony Orchestra in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphonyand Rembrandt Chamber Musicians in The Wayfarer’s Melodies: A Musical Journey, singing the John Ireland Songs of a Wayfarer cycle. [read more...]
"...natural ease and dignity...” – Chicago Classical Review
Quamino – “Geter sang with a rich and imposing bass-baritone and delivered that most well-rounded characterization as Juba’s loyal friend. Acting and moving with natural ease and dignity.”
"... major...” – The Washington Post
African-American Requiem – “If I had but one word to sum up composer and bass-baritone Damien Geter.... I’ll go with ‘major’.”