Dr. Muñoz currently serves as Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Delaware, as Vice President of The National Opera Association. Dr. Muñoz is also a proud member of the NATS National Committee on Advocacy— an initiative geared to support inclusion and diversity in the fields of singing.
With a radiant voice, intense theatricality, and a profound understanding of art song and operatic literature, tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz has collaborated with some of the world’s leading ensembles. Highlights have included performing with the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center), Voices of Ascension (New York), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Bard Music Festival, New York City Opera, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on Broadway. A champion of contemporary and underrepresented works, Mr. Muñoz has recorded the 2009 Grammy-nominated album Song of the Stars with The Voices of Ascension, as well as world premiere releases of Pasatieri’s The Seagull (Albany), J.D. McClatchy and Francis Thorne’s Mario and the Magician (Albany), Hafez Nazeri’s Rumi Symphony Project Untold (Sony Classical), and David Lang’s Prisoner of the State (Decca Gold). His latest album, titled Visca L'Amor, features 24 Catalan art songs by native composers, and will be released January 2021 on Bridge Records. Mr. Muñoz has performed frequently with New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera; premieres included James Dashow’s electronic opera Archimides and McClatchy and Thorne’s Mario and the Magician. Reviewing Opera Omnia’s production of Cavalli’s Giasone, the New York Post declared him to be the “Funniest of the comic crew in the decidedly non PC role of the stuttering hunchback Demo.”
For his ongoing creative activities in education and performance, Dr. Muñoz has been recognized by the American Prize, the National Opera Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As a much sought-after educator, he enthusiastically works with a vast array of students- from young collegiate singers to celebrity clients performing in music theatre, opera, and other varied areas of contemporary and classical commercial music. Actively maintaining a busy teaching studio in New York City and Delaware, students of Dr. Muñoz have appeared in opera houses throughout America, in the Broadway and National companies of many shows including, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Gypsy, Oklahoma, On The Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finding Neverland, Jesus Christ Superstar, and on major recording labels including SONY, RCA, Atlantic, and Time Life.
A graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook University. He is married to pianist Oksana Glouchko of Tel Aviv and they divide their time between Delaware and New York City. They consider their greatest accomplishments to be their three children, Giovanni, Marco, and Salomé. Visit: www.JessMunoz.com