Dale Morehouse has sung over 80 leading baritone roles with 37 companies throughout the USA, including: operas by Verdi (Rigoletto and La traviata), Rossini (The Barber of Seville and L’italiana in Algieri), Mozart (Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro), Puccini (La bohème, Mme. Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, and Tosca) Donizetti (Don Pasquale), Leoncavallo (I pagliacci), Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana), Monteverdi (Il ritorno d’Ulysse in patria), Scarlatti (La dirindina), Gounod (Faust), Délibes (Lakmé), Britten (Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia), Bernstein (Trouble in Tahiti), Menotti (The Telephone), Moore (Gallantry), Paulus (The Three Hermits), Humperdinck (Hansel and Gretel), and Smetena (The Bartered Bride); operettas by Strauss (Die Fledermaus), Lehar (The Merry Widow), Romberg (The Student Prince The New Moon), Friml (The Vagabond King) and Gilbert and Sullivan (The Mikado and HMS Pinafore);and musicals by Bock and Harnick (Fiddler), Forrest and Wright (Kismet), Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!), Loesser (The Most Happy Fella), Porter (Kiss Me, Kate), Schmidt and Jones (Mirette), Sondheim (Forum), Holmes (John Jasper in Drood), and Coleman (On the 20th Century).
As a concert singer, his European appearances include singing Barber with the Cassat Quartet at Italy’s Orvieto Musica; Liszt at Liszt’s Birth House in Raiding, Austria; Haydn’s Creation in the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria for the International Haydn Festival; and orchestral masses of Haydn and Mozart at Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Eisenstadt’s Bergkirche, and throughout Burgenland, As a recitalist, he has been heard in England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, and Venezuela. His debut at Carnegie Hall was as soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the Manhattan Philharmonic in 1991.
As a stage director, Morehouse oversaw Mme. Butterfly in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria last summer. He guided the national premieres of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk State Opera; directed La traviata for Wichita Grand Opera; La bohème for New York’s Opera of the Highlands; Mme. Butterfly for South Florida Opera; and collaborated in directing a joint production of Tosca that starred Samuel Ramey with Wichita Grand Opera and the Bulgarian State Opera. In the Verdi year of 2001, he directed the only professional production in the world of Verdi’s first opera Oberto for Sarasota Opera. He has also directed La bohème, The Magic Flute and an abridged touring version of Carmen for Opera Memphis and Oklahoma! for Treasure Coast Opera. In 2000, he served as guest stage director for the Sarasota Opera apprentice program. On the university and young artist level, he has overseen more than 35 scene programs and 30 staged productions of complete operas.
Through his teaching for Opera Viva in Verona, Italy, Morehouse was asked by the Chinese government to collaborate in writing a book on vocal pedagogy designed to be immediately translated into Mandarin to accommodate that country’s rapidly-growing interest in Western classical music. His writing on “Growing Appropriate Repertoire for College-Aged Voices” is about 20% of the resulting book “Building Your Opera Career.” His fellow contributors include Katherine Ciesinski, Scott McCoy, Joyce Fieldsend, Frederick Burchinal, William Ferrara, Madelyn Gearheart, June Anderson, and Ying Wang.
Morehouse is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Musical Coordinator for the Varna International Opera Academy in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He previously held full-time appointments at Southern Methodist University, University of Mississippi, and Texas Wesleyan University. In summers, he most recently taught voice for Opera Viva in Verona for two years, after five years at Italy’s Orvieto Musica chamber music festival; six years at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; two years at the Classical Music Festival at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria; and three years at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. He has taught on the college level for 39 years, as early in his career he served on the musical staffs of New York’s Binghamton University, and Florida’s Rollins College, Valencia College, and Lake-Sumter State College.
At the Conservatory, Morehouse not only teaches voice, undergraduate vocal literature, graduate opera literature and opera workshop, but also supports current singers and alumni as pianist, harpsichordist, organist and/or vocal coach in concerts, recitals, master classes, national competitions, and auditions. He holds voice degrees from the University of Central Florida and Binghamton University, with additional study at the Saratoga-Potsdam/Philadelphia Orchestra Institute, Westminster Choir College, and the Vienna International Music Center. Twice a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist, he was a member of the resident artist training programs of Orlando Opera and New York’s Tri-Cities Opera.
Morehouse also holds an undergraduate degree in organ, and began his career as a church musician and conductor. He has 45 years of experience as a professional church musician, having served Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal congregations in New York, Florida, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee since 1972. He has been heard as organ soloist throughout the USA and in England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, and Austria. Morehouse also received a regional Emmy from the New York State Broadcasters Association for his televised concerts as organ soloist with the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra. He has accompanied for artists as diverse as the Metropolitan Opera’s Roberta Peters, Broadway’s Norm Lewis, the Fifth Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo, and Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors.