Professor of Music
Jacque Trussel, an internationally renowned tenor, has performed leading roles with opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, l’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera. He has appeared in concert with numerous symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.
Trussel’s radio and television broadcasts include performances of Don Jose in Carmen with the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Sky Tel Broadcast seen throughout Europe with Maria Ewing, and the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast. His Grammy-nominated solo CD, Sounds and Sweet Airs, featuring the Janacek Philharmonic, was released to rave reviews. Trussel is also the featured tenor soloist on Le Livre de la Jungle by Charles Koechlin, awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or for 2000, and Macbeth by Ernst Bloch, awarded le Prix de l’Académie of Charles Cros. He also appears on the DVD release of Carmen with Maria Ewing (Image Entertainment).
Trussel was named Stage Director of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine for 2005 and has led the Purchase Opera to seven National Opera Association awards for Best Opera Production of the Year. In 2009, he co-wrote the libretto of the opera Confession, which was written, composed, produced, and premiered at Purchase College. Confession was later named Best Chamber Opera of the Year in a world-wide competition sponsored by the NOA.