American bass-baritone Morgan Moody makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Julio (The Exterminating Angel).
Moody was born in California and studied at Boston University and New England Conservatory. Between 2002 and 2004 he toured as Colline (La bohème) in Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning Broadway production. He went on to further studies at Zürich International Opera Studio and was a member of Zürich Opera 2006–12. His Zürich roles included Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, children’s version), Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marullo (Rigoletto), Count Lamoral (Arabella) and Rudolf (Der ferne Klang). In the 2012/13 season he joined Theater Dortmund, where his roles have included Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Escamillo (Carmen), Schaunard (La bohème), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Stern (Anna Nicole, German premiere), Perchik (Fiddler on the Roof) and Fred Graham (Kiss me, Kate). His engagements elsewhere include Captain Mary (Die Soldaten) for Salzburg Festival and La Scala, Milan, Julio for Salzburg Festival and Belmont (Schweitzer’s Rosamunde) for Schwetzingen Festival.
Moody regularly performs in contemporary music, including in Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, Tom Johnson’s Riemannoper and in the world premieres of Edward Rushton’s Im Schatten des Maulbeerbaums, Anno Schreier’s Die Stadt der Blinden, Erin Gee’s SLEEP and Werner Schulze’s Kalkül.