American tenor Terrence Chin-Loy, whom Opera News described as having a "beautiful lyric tenor voice” pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. In the 2023-2024 season, Mr. Chin-Loy will return to Arizona Opera to sing Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Victor Frankenstein the world premiere of Frankenstein. With LA Opera, Terrence will sing Pang in Turandot and the tenor solos in Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with Virginia Opera.
In the 2022-2023 season, Terrence performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the National Taichung Theater in Taiwan as well as at Arizona Opera, Don José in Carmen with MasterVoices at Lincoln Center, Acis in Acis and Galatea with Eugene Opera, and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Arbace in Idomeneo. In concert, Terrence joined the North Carolina Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem, the Caramoor Festival for an Independence Day celebration concert, the Boise Philharmonic for a performance of Hailstork’s I Will Life Mine Eyes as well as a residency with the College of Idaho.
Highlights of recent seasons include Mr. Chin-Loy’s solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up In My Bones, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Arizona Opera, and Benny Paret Jr. in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Champion. In concert, Terrence performed and recorded Taneyev’s At the Reading of a Psalm with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein at Carnegie Hall.
Terrence's favorite roles include Idomeneo in Idomeneo: afterWARds (Pittsburgh Opera), director David Paul's retelling of Mozart's masterpiece with the composer's original music, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Indiana University) and Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied (Pittsburgh Opera, Penn Square Music Festival). He was happy to make his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah in the 2018-2019 season.
Terrence is a 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, 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 his studies concentrated on Music Theory and Musicology. While at Yale, Terrence was also a frequent performer with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, with which he performed major roles in La Calisto, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Scipione affricano. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.
"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."
"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
"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."