The tenor Chauncey Packer was born in the American state of Alabama and studied at the University of Mobile, receiving his Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans; post-graduate studies took him to Louisiana State University. Packer’s repertoire includes such roles as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, Massenet’s Werther, Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and the High Priest of Amon in Glass’s Akhnaten. His interpretation of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess has earned particular acclaim; he has performed this role, which challenges not least his comedic talent, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra Comique in Paris, Milan’s La Scala, and San Francisco Opera, among others. Packer also appeared at the Met in Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones in 2021 and took part in a production of this work at the Chicago Lyric Opera in the spring of 2022.  

July 2022