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Praised by the New York Times for "Crucially, deftly navigating the border of genuine emotion through his singing" tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 21st Century. In concert, he has appeared with leading orchestras in America and internationally including the Israel Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York’s Voices of Ascension, the Verbier Music Festival of Switzerland, and Bard Music Festival. In Opera, he has appeared throughout America with companies such as The New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Orlando, Utah Festival Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, New York Opera Society and more. In the field of crossover performance, since 2008, Muñoz has been a member of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s music ensemble for their annual winter season at New York’s City Center on Broadway.
Dr. Muñoz has been featured on 14 audio recordings including the 2009 Grammy-Nominated Album Song of the Stars with Voices of Ascension. His collaboration with Iranian composer Hafez Nazeri can be heard on Sony Classical's album Rumi Symphony Project Untold, which was twice ranked Billboard's #1 Classical Album (2013). With a strong commitment to participating in the dissemination of contemporary and underrepresented works of classical music, eight of his recordings premier never-before captured material. His latest album scheduled for release in fall 2020, titled Visca L'Amor, features 24 Catalan art songs by native composers.
Dr. Muñoz currently serves as Associate Professor of voice and opera at the University of Delaware, as Vice President of The National Opera Association (NOA), and as chair of the Sacred in Opera Initiative— a division of the NOA that explores through research and performance, the interplay between music-drama and the ideologies of world religions. Dr. Muñoz is also a proud member of the NATS National Committee on Advocacy— an initiative geared to support inclusion and diversity in the fields of singing. In Fall 2018, Dr. Muñoz was named Associate Artistic and Executive Director at Musiktheater Bavaria (MTB) in Germany, which provides advanced singers and instrumentalists with mentorship from some of today's leading scholars and artists in the field of opera, musical theater, and early music. MTB’s students have gone on to win important competitions and secure positions in prestigious young artist programs, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Jensen Foundation Competition, the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and the Merola Opera Program.
For his ongoing creative activities in education and performance, Dr. Muñoz has been recognized by the American Prize, the National Opera Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As a much sought-after educator, he enthusiastically works with a vast array of students- from young collegiate singers to celebrity clients performing in music theatre, opera, and other varied areas of contemporary and classical commercial music. Actively maintaining a busy teaching studio in New York City and Delaware, students of Dr. Muñoz have appeared in opera houses throughout America, in the Broadway and National companies of many shows including, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Gypsy, Oklahoma, On The Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finding Neverland, Jesus Christ Superstar, and on major recording labels including SONY, RCA, Atlantic, and Time Life.
Dr. Muñoz is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook where he studied with W. Stephen Smith of The Juilliard School. He has formerly served on the teaching faculty of SUNY Stony Brook, The Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the Rollins College Summer Music Academy and the University of Central Florida Summer Opera Institute. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, from 2012-2016, Dr. Muñoz served as Associate Professor of voice and opera at Indiana Wesleyan University. As a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented workshops on vocal performance for universities and performance programs throughout America and Europe.
Jess Muñoz is the son of Mexican and Puerto Rican parents. He is married to pianist and educator, Dr. Oksana Glouchko of Tel Aviv. They divide their time between Delaware and New York City with their greatest accomplishments, their three children, Giovanni, Marco, and Salomé. You may visit: