A message from the whirling dervish of cabaret booking, Cyd Wolfe at Germano’s in Baltimore: “Next Wednesday, December 8th, Luke Grooms will be performing his cabaret, “Put Your Junk in Your Trunk.” We booked the show rather late and did not have enough time to get his show listed but you may have seen the review in this month’s Cabaret Scenes. He’ s terrific and a sweetheart. I would appreciate it if you would mention the show in your blog and help us to get the word out at this late date.”
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Newport, Tennessee born Luke Grooms, is quickly earning a name for himself around the country as an up-and-coming leading tenor. Luke’s training includes a B.A. in Music from Emory and Henry College, and a M.M. in Voice from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been a part of some of the most prestigious opera training programs in the country, including Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Opera North. Mr. Grooms is the recipient of an encouragement award from The Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition, as well as an encouragement from the West Tennessee Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and recieved an award from the Orpheun international vocal competition
In 2006 Luke recorded his first professional recording, of Thomas Pasatieri’s opera Signor Deluso, with The Opera Company of Brooklyn on Albany Records, singing the tenor lead of Léon. Of his performance in the recording Opera News said, “…Luke J. Grooms shows sweet toned promise as the earnest lover, Léon.”
In recent years Mr. Grooms joined the Metropolitan Opera Roster for their production of Prokofiev’s The Gambler. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut as Fante in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert of Verdi’s I Due Foscari, and has also covered the roles of Barbagio (I Due Foscari) and Elvino (La Sonnambula), and Bomelii in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, all with Opera Orchestra of New York. Some of his other career highlights include Tonio in La fille du Regiment, Rodolfo, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algieri.
Luke is equally at home in musical theater and cabaret. He performed in the New York premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera, at Carnegie Hall, singing the dual roles of Dwight and God. Luke reprised these roles in the New England premiere of the work with Boston’s Speakeasy Stage Company in May of 2009. He recently performed in a reading of a new musical, Going Hollywood, directed by Jerry Mitchell and staring Christine Ebersole and Richard Kind. Luke has been a featured cabaret performer in Manhattan several times, and even ventured out to Fire Island as a special guest star at the Grove Hotel. He recently made his L.A. Cabaret debut at Hollywood’s Gardenia Lounge, which Cabaret Scenes Magazine praised, saying “Luke Grooms holds an audience with the power of his voice and the gentleness of his personality. Adjusting his voice to a cabaret setting, Grooms uses his opera-trained tenor as a baseline from which to let his voice soar to dramatic heights, with a consistently powerful delivery, a variety of emotions and excellent enunciation.”
Recent opera engagements include the role of Senator Biden in a new work, titled Anita and Clarence based on the sexual harassment hearing of Judge Clarence Thomas, Little Bat in Susannah with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Des Grieux in Manon with Opera in the Heights, in Houston, Texas, Gaston in the New York premiere of Weber/Mahler’s Die Drei Pintos, and Nemorino with Chesapeake Concert Opera. In March, Luke will join the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, in the role of Piangi. The tour will take Luke around the country and will end in Los Angeles in October 2010. He will also sing The Duke in Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera Company. He was recently nominated for an Elliot Norton award for his work in Jerry Springer at Speakeasy Stage Company.