Issachah Savage

— Tenor

“The American tenor sings this punishing role, composed by a sadistic Strauss, as if it were a lullaby. The voluminous and ample voice blooms naturally, and his technique, acquired in the best American schools, assures him all the rest: breath, diction, style, and especially stamina."
Yannick Boussaert, Forum Opéra, March 1, 2019 - Bacchus in 'Ariadne auf Naxos' at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse

"Issachah Savage, a promising young dramatic tenor, sang Narraboth’s lines with shining bronze tones. Reports of his Otello in Mexico make him a tenor to watch."
Mark Nockin, Opera Today, February 25, 2017 - Narraboth in 'Salome' at Los Angeles Opera

“Tenor Issachah Savage surmounted the soaring “Ingemisco,” not just deploying operatic sobs, but seeming to expand one until it enveloped the hall.”
Matthew Guerreri, Boston Globe, April 27, 2016 - Verdi Requiem with the Boston Philharmonic

“I’d wager that one feature of Saturday’s performance would have pleased Wagner, especially the singing of tenor Issachah Savage in the title role. Savage...has that rarest of instruments: a large voice of melting beauty. He wielded it with ease and grace through a long night of singing, marshaling his energy wisely so that he had plenty to give where it counted, especially the Act V prayer, the evening’s showpiece...[H]e’s got a voice that makes you want to hear more of it — and the night belonged to him.”
Anne Midgette, Washington Post, October 4, 2015 - 'Rienzi' with the National Philharmonic

“Last Saturday, the scheduled Siegmund was ill, and his understudy, Issachah Savage, stepped in. He has a robust, ringing tenor, and he also sings lyrically, with a young, healthy sound. It was a creditable vocal debut for a very promising singer...”
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2015 - Siegmund in 'Die Walküre' at the Canadian Opera Company


Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage is garnering acclaim as a “heldentenor par excellence” with “trumpet-like, clear, open-throated, powerful” singing (San Francisco Examiner). Praised for his “impressive natural instrument” (Opera News), Mr. Savage is the winner of the Seattle International Wagner Competition earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize, and a special honor by Speight Jenkins.

In the 2018/2019 season, Mr. Savage sings the title role in Verdi’s Otello at Austin Lyric Opera as well as Manrico in Il trovatore at Seattle Opera . . .

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