A Michigan native residing in Chicago, Zachary Elmassian has been praised for his “terrific vocals” and “best performance” by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Classical Review, and Chicago Critic, among others. In summer 2014, he appeared in Madama Butterfly and covered Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Castleton Music Festival in Castleton, Virginia. Previous stage credits include the title role in Gianni Schicchi; Jeronimus, in Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade; Gustl in The Land of Smiles; Pooh-Bah in The Mikado; and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. A performer with Midwest New Musicals and Verismo Opera, Chicago, he has also been seen in La Traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, The Magic Flute, Venus & Adonis, The Gondoliers, A Little Night Music, and Into the Woods. He has performed with Chicago Folks Operetta, Chamber Opera Chicago, Vox 3 Collective, The Savoyaires, The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and Main Street Opera. In 2014, Zachary won the Lola Fletcher Prize from the American Opera Society, Chicago. A graduate of Northwestern University, Zachary’s vocal teachers and coaches have been Bruce Hall, Sunny Joy Langton, M. Kenneth Smith, Carol Vaness, Bénédicte Jourdois, and Richard Boldrey. He completed his undergraduate degree in history, theatre, and music performance at Denison University, Ohio.