Lonel Woods (Tenor) is an active performer of opera, oratorio and musical theatre. He has performed with The Michigan Opera Theater, The Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Toledo Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chamber Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. His recent performances include: Obadiah/Ahab/Tenor soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with Oakland Choral Society; The Third Jew in Salome with Toledo Opera; Giuseppe in La Traviata with Michigan Opera Theatre; in concert with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with The Blue Lake Opera Company; Alfredo in La Traviata with Bay View Music Festival; Mingo in Porgy and Bess, The Messenger in Verdi's Aïda and Parpignol in Puccini's La Bohéme with Michigan Opera Theatre; Lord Cecil in Donizetti's Roberto Deveraux, and Federico in Verdi's Stiffelio, with Washington Concert Opera; and has performed the roles of Atilano in Dona Frañcisquita and The Second Duelsman, in Dangerous Liaisons with The Washington National Opera. He also performed, on Broadway and National tour, in Hal Prince's Tony Award winning revival of Showboat.
Dr. Woods is an Associate Professor of Voice and teaches Private Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at The Crane School of Music. He has also conducted Phoenix Club, the SSAA choir on campus, Concert Choir, as well as taught Class Voice, Vocal Techniques I & II and English Diction. Currently, he is both the Voice Area Coordinator and Co-Chair of The Performance Department at Crane.
Dr. Woods served on the faculty of Spring Arbor University, Georgetown Day School and Aurora Public Schools. He graduated from DePaul University, with a degree in Music Education, received a Master of Music degree from Catholic University of America with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy and received a Doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Woods has professional affiliations with The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA/MENC).