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With over 50 roles in his repertoire,  Corey Trahan is an active performer in opera, oratorio, music theatre, operetta and recital venues and has recently transitioned from singing lyric baritone roles to character tenor repertoire. In the past few seasons, Corey made his Bass Hall debut with the Fort Worth Opera in a critically acclaimed performance as Taddeo in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, his recital debut at Los Angeles’ Madrid Theatre, and his debut with Cumberland Theatre in Shenandoah. Corey has soloed with the Akron Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Monroe Symphony, and Houston Masterworks.

For the 2007-08 season, Corey debuts with five companies in productions of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello), Puccini's Tosca (Spoletta), Verdi's La Traviata (Gastone), Mozart's Die Zauberflote (Monostatos), Lehar's The Merry Widow (Njegus) and Louisiana Delta Ballet's Power & Grace. He will also perform a Holiday Concert Tour, Valentine's Concert Tour, and Rodger's and Hammerstein's Oklahoma (Will Parker).

Engagements for the 2006-07 season included return visits to Louisiana to perform with We Three Kings for a Holiday Concert Tour to seven venues, guest vocalist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Pops Concert, a Hooray for Hollywood concert tour with Lisa McCalmon to nine venues, guest vocalist for the Twin Cities Ballet Company’s presentation of Ballet Under the Stars, a return to Des Moines Metro Opera for their 2007 Summer season in productions of Carmen (Remendado) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout) and a debut with Louisiana Lyric Opera in their inaugural season productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Pirates of Penance (Samuel).

In 2002, The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Corey, Dr. Sandra Lunte, and Dr. Richard Seiler, also known as The Louisiana Trio, with a Challenge America Grant which has allowed them to do extensive touring as recitalists during the 2002-06 seasons. These tours are co-sponsored by Northeast Louisiana Arts Council where Corey serves as Visiting Artist and is a member of its two additional resident touring ensembles. Through this organization, Corey performs 20-30 concerts annually.

In addition to performing, Corey has experience teaching on the collegiate level. He recently completed a two year assignment as the Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Louisiana where he was Director of Opera Workshop, taught private voice, vocal pedagogy and the history of opera. Corey was the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Artist of the Year Award, won the Strauss Theatre’s 2006 Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his performances of Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain and the cities of Monroe and West Monroe proclaimed May 21, 2006 Corey Trahan Day for his contributions to the Arts and Community.

His academic training includes a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University and the Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, both in Voice Performance. He has been an apprentice with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera and the Seagle Music Colony. Corey is a current member of the American Guild of Music Artists, Actor’s Equity Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently lives in New York City and studies with Mark Oswald.

Future engagments include a return to Opera Birmingham in Turandot (Pang) and a concert tour of Broadway Music to 13 venues.

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For availability and booking information, contact:
Tommy Usrey, President & CEO
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council