"...Hunter artfully traced Laurie's developing stature and maturity. He declared his love for Jo with drama, heart, and shining tone."
-The Boston Musical Intelligencer
A Winter Wonderland
Praised for his "drama, heart, and shining tone," tenor Wes Hunter is emerging as a charismatic interpreter of both standard repertoire and new works. A native Floridian, Hunter now resides in Boston where he performs a variety of styles ranging from Baroque opera to new concert works. Hunter debuted his solo cabaret to a sold-out audience at Club Café in Boston, featuring various selections from musical theatre composers.
Recent highlights include the title character in Rossini's Le Comte Ory with Lowell House Opera, Oronte in Handel's Alcina with Opera del West, Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata with Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre, the workshop of Julian Wachner's Rev 23 with Beth Morrison Projects, and Laurie in Adamo's Little Women with MassOpera. Hunter also premiered the role of Eugene in the The Body Politic by New York composer Leo Hurley with Juventas New Music Ensemble.
Other credits include covering Don Ramiro in La Cenrentola with Boston Midsummer Opera, Gastone (cover) in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera, Count Almaviva (cover) in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Boston Midsummer Opera, and Goro (cover) in Madama Butterfly with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance.
A versatile artist, Hunter was featured in a concert with renowned countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, performing pieces by composer Nico Muhly, produced by Beth Morrison Projects. He made his New England debut as a concert soloist joining the Newburyport Choral Society in performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Other concert repertoire performed includes Handel's Messiah with Belmont Open Sings, Mozart's Requiem with the Paul Madore Chorale, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and Schubert's Mass in G in Washington, D.C. His engagements have taken him around the greater DC Metropolitan area to Christ Lutheran Church, St. Luke's Church, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, and the Takoma Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Hunter received his M.M. in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory in May 2015. In 2013 he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Germanic Studies. While attending the University of Maryland he made his operatic stage debut as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Hub Opera Ensemble.
"Another standout was [Wes Hunter], who played Euguene, Iphis’ roommate and a nighttime drag queen. Hunter excelled at adding humor to the piece, something that is difficult with any opera, let alone an opera that addresses the heavy topics 'The Body Politic' does."
Le Comte Ory | Lowell House Opera |2018
Photo by Richard Tong