Arts
5:50 am
Thu November 3, 2011

PJC Music Alumnus performing Siegfried at the Met

PARIS - Paris native Jay Hunter Morris, tenor and former Paris Junior College music student, is performing the title role of the opera Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City this week.

This Saturday’s performance will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. central time at Cinemark theaters in Sherman and Texarkana and Dallas suburbs such as Rockwall, Allen, Plano and Frisco.

The November 5 matinee performance will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series.

Morris made his Met debut in 2007 as Števa in Janáček’s Jenůfa and sang the role of Siegfried this past summer in San Francisco Opera's Ring cycles. His repertory also includes the roles of Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, which he will sing for the first time next year at the Welsh National Opera. In addition, he has performed in a number of contemporary works, including Howard Shore's The Fly, Elliott Goldenthal's Grendel, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick.

Morris attended PJC in 1981-82, and then went on to Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, and the Julliard School of Music in New York City. He has sung with major opera companies worldwide, and returned to PJC several times to perform for students as well as being inducted into PJC’s Academic Hall of Honor. Morris is the son of former PJC employee Carolyn Beckett.