With his "richly colored voice" (Seen and Heard International), Jamaican-American tenor Terrence Chin-Loy pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. The 2019-2020 sees Terrence in his first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera as Mingo (Cover) in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, reprising Younger Thompson in Cipullo's Glory Denied, and making debuts with the New York Festival of Song as a part of the Vocal Rising Stars series. During the holiday season, he will sing Messiah with the U.S. Navy Orchestra, and in the summer of 2020, he will premiere a new piece by Daniel Bernard Roumain at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on the topic of the shooting of Philando Castile.
As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera in the 2018-2019 season, Terrence was seen as Idomeneo in Idomeneo: afterWARds, director
David Paul's retelling of Mozart's masterpiece with the composer's original music, and as Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied. In addition to these engagements, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah.
Other favorite roles have included George Bailey in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, both at Indiana University, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Count Alberto in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, the latter operas with Opera Theatre of Yale College. While at Yale, Terrence was also a frequent performer with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, with which he performed major roles in La Calisto (Cavalli), Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) and Scipione affricano (Cavalli).
Terrence is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Performer Diploma. He also holds degrees from Mannes College and Yale University. At Mannes, he performed the roles of Laurie in Mark Adamo's Little Women and Bill in the New York premiere of Jonathan Dove's Flight with Mannes Opera while a Master of Music candidate, and received the Michael Sisca Opera Award, the school's top prize for an opera singer. Terrence holds a BA in Music from Yale University, where he concentrated his studies on Music Theory and Musicology. He wrote his thesis on “Visions in Death: Wagner's Ecstasies,” an exploration of ecstatic musics during the deaths of Brünnhilde and Isolde. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.
EWS AND ACCLAIM
Terrence Covers at the Metropolitan Opera
Terrence will cover the role of Mingo in Porgy and Bess this fall at the Metropolitan Opera.
"Terrence Chin-Loy gave a delightful and convincing depiction of Laurie, both as an adolescent and as an adult. Chin-Loy has a beautiful lyric tenor voice that kept its silken quality even when required to sing in registers that lead many tenors to shriek."
- Opera News
Terrence Wins Third Prize in Mildred Miller Competition
Terrence recently took home the Third Prize at the 2018 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in Pittsburgh, PA.
"Neely had willing collaborators in the pit and on stage, most particularly in the presence of tenor Terrence Chin-Loy, the George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) of the story. Chin-Loy’s presence was powerful, ever on-the-mark, touching as actor and brimming with joy, then sadness, then again joy as George recognizes he needed to have lived and needs to continue doing so, having given lasting benefits to so many around him in the world of Bedford Falls. As singer, Chin-Loy gave full vent to the passions that swirled turbulently within George. His achievement as vocalist was remarkable."
- Bloomington Herald Times
"Terrence Chin-Loy, as Idomeneo, the war-weary and conflicted King of Crete, sang with a highly expressive, pure tenor voice that easily encompassed the range of emotions of the character."
- Pittsburgh in the Round