|FRANK BASILE is a bass who is
comfortable on the grand opera stage and cabaret alike. Opera News
declared him to be “a cross between Giorgio Tozzi and Ezio Pinza” and
remarked, his was “a voice to follow”.
Mr. Basile began his interest in music with studies in violin and saxophone but quickly discovered his natural gift of singing at the young age of 8. He began formally studying the voice at the age of 17 with Todd Duncan and by the time he was 18, Frank made his debut singing opera. He continued his studies at Indiana University from which he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.
Immediately following graduation, Mr. Basile made his European debut as Ping (Turandot) in Augsburg, Germany. He took a four year position as Soloist with the United States Air Forces Singing Sergeants and was frequently called upon to sing at the White House and for foreign heads of state as an official ambassador of the United States. Frank sang his debut with Washington Opera in The Saint of Bleecker Street directed by it’s composer, the famed Gian Carlo Menotti. Upon his departure from the Air Force, he continued his operatic career singing with houses such as the Baltimore Opera, Utah Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Nevada Opera and Sarasota Opera. In addition he has appeared in concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the National Symphony.
In 2010, Mr. Basile was featured as a soloist at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul where he sang excerpts from the title role of the new opera Leonardo’s Bridge, specifically written for him in its premiere.
He makes his debut as Timur in Puccini’s Turandot with Shreveport Opera in April. In January he was part of a reading of a new work of Kamran Ince's Judgement of Midas as a part of Opera America’s New Works Forum. He also is soloist in Operathon with Boheme Opera NJ.
Frank recently performed Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust with Boheme Opera in New Jersey to rave reviews. He also performed concerts with Union City Opera, Music at the Olive in Ulster County NY, and with Opera in the Hamptons. He continues to perform concerts, cabaret, and other performances in the metropolitan New York area and throughout North America.