Chicago native Ian Koziara was a three-year member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, having worked with such notable conductors as Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Bertrand de Billy, and Marco Armiliato. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Enrique in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel, with subsequent appearances in Parsifal, The Magic Flute, and La Fanciulla del West. Ian’s recent appearance as Fritz in Franz Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang (Oper Frankfurt) was hailed by the Wiesbadener Tagblatt as “so strong as Fritz that one is amazed at how naturally a sense of beauty and despair can go hand in hand”. His performance in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo yielded accolades from the Washington Post, praising his striking beauty of tone.
Ian is equally at home on the concert stage as in opera. His repertoire in non-opera works includes Messiah, The Dream of Gerontius, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, among many others.
In this season, Ian will return to Oper Frankfurt making his role debut as Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz. He will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, he will sing concerts in tour in America with the Wagner Society, he will return to The Glimmerglass Festival in a new, Francesca Zambello production of Wagner’s first opera, Die Feen and he will be the protagonist of Fidelio in tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
In his capacity as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ian performed many excerpts and acts of important roles from such works as Wagner’s Lohengrin , Berlioz’s Les Troyens , and Verdi’s Stiffelio . Ian is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.