Mr. Steiner will join the Metropolitan Opera Chorus for productions of Verdi's Aida, Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila, and Boito's Mefistofele during the 2018/2019 season. In July he will perform excerpts from Bernstein's West Side Story as Tony with the Newport Music Festival.
In 2017, he performed with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in productions of Puccini's Turandot, Wagner's Parsifal, Verdi's Requiem, and Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. He returned to Salt Marsh Opera in the fall to make his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
In 2016, he returned to Des Moines Metro Opera as an apprentice artist for the company's 44th festival season, covering Older Galileo in Glass's Galileo Galilei. He made his Opera Santa Barbara debut as Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, as well as serving as a cover for Rinuccio. Additionally, he covered the role of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. While in California, he was one of four Pasadena Opera Guild Young Artist Award Winners for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Mr. Steiner made his company debut as Harry in Puccini's La fanciulla del West. He began the 2015 season touring Iowa as Ramiro and Ernesto in Opera Iowa's productions of Rossini's La Cenerentola and Davies's Billy Goats Gruff, respectively. In May he revisited the role of Tamino in Salt Marsh Opera's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
In 2014, Mr. Steiner performed as an extra chorister in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The summer of 2014 saw him debut as Sam Kaplan in Weill's Street Scene and Giuseppe in Verdi's La Traviata. A tour of New Hampshire and Vermont followed this engagement, during which he reprised the role of Sam Kaplan.
Mr. Steiner received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. While doing his graduate work from 2009 - 2013, he appeared in numerous productions with the Illinois Opera Theater, including Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Arcadio in Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas, Orpheus in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Macheath in Weill's The Threepenny Opera, and Pane in Cavalli's La Calisto.
Mr. Steiner has studied with Jerold Siena and David Steinau.
Lee is an opera singer, pianist, and amateur web development enthusiast. In 2015 he launched The Opera Database, a website that seeks to catalogue the myriad works of the operatic art form into a searchable database. An offshoot of that project, The Aria PDF Database, is a catalogue of aria PDFs in the public domain, tailored toward singers seeking new audition arias or researching what are (often) the most difficult parts of a new role. The database currently boasts over 35,000 operas and 2,900 aria PDFs and is growing by the week.
In addition to his web-based hobbies, Lee is an experienced accompanist and pianist. He is an accompanist for the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and frequently concertizes with the New Jersey Music Society. In 2016, he and his wife, Sandy, opened a small recording studio in Washington Heights, New York City. Steiner Music Studios primarily serves the musical theatre community by creating audition videos, studio quality audio, and accompaniment tracks as music learning aids.