Award Winning Singing Actor
A three-time winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance, Justin John Moniz’s “superb high tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) and “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theaters, and concert halls across the nation, among them Opera Grand Rapids, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera New Jersey, DreamCatcher Theatre/Adrienne Arsht Center, Orchestra Miami, Gulfshore Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and Chicago Symphony Center. His unique style and versatility have afforded him an active career in opera, concert, and musical theatre, having sung over 90 roles to date. Most recently, Mr. Moniz’s star turn as Prince Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Opera Grand Rapids received high praise and great acclaim, the press hailing his performance as “simply outstanding…glorious” (Encore Michigan). His performance also earned him the prestigious BroadwayWorld Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Recent engagements include appearances with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, in a series of classical holiday and pops concerts and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as well as a return to Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Bobby in Sondheim’s Company—a celebration of the festival’s fifteenth anniversary. Highlights of the 2019/20 season include Handel’s Messiah with Columbus Philharmonic, Sammy in Shanghai Sonatas with Yangtze Repertory Theatre/UD Master Players, Luc Du Lac in the fully orchestrated cast recording of Charles Bloom’s Pablo, Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Stage Director for As One with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, a return to Teatro Isauro Martinez (Torreon, Mexico) with Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo, and a series of concert and recital appearances in North Carolina, Florida, and Hawaii.
Career highlights in include Prince Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Opera Grand Rapids, Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods with DreamCatcher Theatre/Adrienne Arsht Center (alongside Tituss Burgess), Alfredo in La traviata with Florida State Opera, both Pang in Turandot and Gastone in La traviata with the Opera Company of Middlebury, Old Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit with Sarasota Opera, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado with Gulfshore Opera, Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Chicago Symphony Center, Detlef in The Student Prince and a victorious debut as Cassio in Otello (with less than ten minutes notice) during the production’s closing performance with Utah Festival Opera.
Mr. Moniz holds four degrees from Florida State University, the University of Miami, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Sustainable Business Strategy from Duke University and Harvard Business School, respectively. He has received young alumni awards from all three of his alma maters, having recently been named one of Florida State University’s Notable Noles and University of Miami’s 30 Under Thirty. In addition, Moniz was awarded the Rising Star Award from SUNY Potsdam. He is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors’ Equity Association.