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Horch die lercheNORMAN SHANKLE
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Every Valley - MessiahNORMAN SHANKLE
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American Tenor Norman Shankle is currently enjoying worldwide acclaim for his portrayals of Mozart and Rossini’s most famous tenors. The Boston Globe called Shankle “a real find, a singer of elegance, grace and conviction,” and the San Francisco Chronicle praised him equally as “clearly a singer to watch.”

This season, Mr. Shankle will be featured with the National Philharmonic’s performances of Berlioz’s Requiem and Handels’ Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Glacier Symphony Orchestra, and Sanctuary Road with Penn Square Music Festival. Operatic engagements include Baltimore Opera’s The Turn of the Screw in the role of Quint. Last season’s engagements included the tenor solo in Mozart’s Requiem and Adolphus Hailstork’s A Knee On a Neck, as well as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, for the National Philharmonic, Sanctuary Road with North Carolina Opera, it all falls down and The Rift for the Washington National Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Helena Symphony, Cassio in Otello for Pacific Symphony, and the performance and recording of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem at the Kennedy Center with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. [read more...]


“…few singers will ever match Norman Shankle’s Ferrando..." – Concerto Net

Così fan tutte – “…few singers will ever match Norman Shankle’s Ferrando. “Un aura amorosa” is one of tenors’ greatest challenges. Not only was Shankle fearless, he offered a phrasing that exposed just how in love this poor young man is and how very dangerous this game has become for him.”


"...lovely and charming..." – Broadway World

La rondine – “Norman Shankle is lovely and charming as Madga’s poet friend and Lisette’s secret lover”


" uncommonly warm and liquescent tenor..." – Dallas Morning News

Don Pasquale – “The other happy discovery is Norman Shankle, an Ernesto with an uncommonly warm and liquescent tenor. His last-act ‘Com’è gentil’ was gorgeous, as was the ensuing duet with Kucerova"


"...sufficient power..." – Zaide

Zaide – “Norman Shankle brought an attractive if at first slightly dry tenor to Gomatz’s arias. He had sufficient power to make himself heard in his opening piece, the melodrama “Unerforschlich Fügung,” which Mr. Sellars had him sing with his back to the audience. ”


"...a real find..." – The Boston Globe

Alceste – “Shankle is a real find, a singer of elegance, grace, and conviction.”


"...rang clear without strain...exciting shading to his voice..." – Boston Baroque

Messiah – “Tenor Shankle’s foreshadowing narrative entrance in “Comfort ye” followed by “Every valley” rang clear without strain. Shankle has exciting shading to his voice and sings with ease.”


"...handsome, and when he opens his mouth, great tenor music comes out..." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

– “Norman Shankle sang count Almaviva, who eventually won the heart of Rosina. He is handsome, and when he opens his mouth great tenor music comes out. What a voice he is blessed with! I think he is easy to get along with, an unusual trait among tenors. He proves tenors can be un-egotistic good guys, too”



Adrienne Boris


Vanessa Uzan


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