When a man visits his ill childhood friend Roderick Usher after many years apart, he is shaken to his core by the foreboding atmosphere and sense of evil that pervades the household and its inhabitants. His attempts to understand and address the literal and figurative "illness" that permeates Usher's house fail at every turn, and he is unable to deter Usher, his sister Madeline, and the house itself from their swift descent into the abyss. The hauntingly beautiful and strange music of Philip Glass perfectly captures every nuance and inner nerve of this powerful story by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Fall of the House of Usher: William
American baritone Timothy McDevitt has established himself among the industry’s most versatile performers of today. His unique ability to thrive in the worlds of both opera and musical theatre is clearly represented by his diverse schedule throughout the United States and abroad.
In the 2022-23 season, Timothy joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering in the new production of Terence Blanchard’s CHAMPION. This season also includes William THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at OrpheusPDX, Maximilian CANDIDE with the Cincinnati Symphony, concerts with the Winston Salem Symphony, and performances of his original cabaret ERWARTUNG // Expectation for The Metropolitan Opera Club, Ludlow House, The Century Association, and The Park Avenue Armory Avant-Garde. The accompanying short film also receives screenings at the Long Beach Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia film festivals.
The 2019-20 season featured his debut in Germany as Harry Easter STREET SCENE at Oper der Stadt Köln, Maximillian CANDIDE with the Philadelphia Orchestra, CALL ME MADAM with NY City Center Encores, Bruce Ismay TITANIC in Greenville, concerts with the Virginia Arts Festival, and a return to Ravinia for the revival of Bernstein’s MASS with the Chicago Symphony, later aired on PBS Great Performances. Timothy was also seen on season two of Dickinson for Apple TV+.
In the 2017-18 season, his credits included Riff WEST SIDE STORY with the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernstein’s MASS with the Chicago Symphony, BRIGADOON for the New York City Center Gala, Happy LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at New York City Opera, ME AND MY GIRL for Encores at NY City Center, ALICE with the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and the title-role DEAR EDVARD at National Sawdust, Arena Stage, and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. 2018 also saw the release of two albums; Bernstein’s MASS on the Deutsche Grammophon label, and BRIGADOON for Ghostlight Records.
Highlights from the 2016-17 season include Lt Cable SOUTH PACIFIC at Charlottesville Opera, THE NEW YORKERS for Encores at NY City Center, Colonel Picquart THE DREYFUS AFFAIR at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jonathan Dawe’s NERO AND THE FALL OF LEHMAN BROTHERS with Ensemble Echappe, THOU SWELL with the New York City Ballet and Enrico in Haydn’s L’ISOLA DISABITATA with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.
Notable credits from previous seasons include the role of Le Mari LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS at both the Theatre Royal de La Monnaie de Munt in Bruxelles and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bernstein’s MASS with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Lt Wright THE SECRET GARDEN at Baltimore Center Stage and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, LADY BE GOOD for Encores at NY City Center (album released on Sh-k-Boom Records), the Emmy Nominated production of CAROUSEL with the NY Philharmonic/Live from Lincoln Center (now streaming on Amazon Prime), Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion for NPR, GUYS AND DOLLS at Carnegie Hall, Paul LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES with the North Carolina Opera, Allazim ZAIDE with the New World Symphony, St Plan FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS with the Mark Morris Dance Group at BAM, various appearances with Steve Blier and the New York Festival of Song, and apprenticeships with Central City Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera.
Timothy has been recognized as a New York District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition, a finalist in the Competizione dell’Opera at the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Lys Symonette Prize winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, and twice as a finalist for the Atelier Lyrique at the Paris Opera (Opéra Bastille). A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Mr. McDevitt holds both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music from the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City with his husband, Cameron Bartell.