Tenor Zachary Vanderburg has been heralded as singing “beautifully” (Chicago Classical Review) and “with vocal luster, dramatic fire, and lyrical sympathy” (Augsburger Allgemeine), and his performances have been called “very fine” (Chicago Tribune), “riveting”, “a knockout” and “sensational”(Chicago Classical Review). Performances this season include appearances with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra as Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen; an Alumni Recital at Roosevelt University with renowned pianist Dana Brown; appearances with Music of the Baroque, of which he is a member and teaching artist, under the direction of Jane Glover, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul Agnew, and William Jon Gray; performances of Jakub Jan Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass at Chicago Temple; a role debut of The Stage Manager in the Chicago premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town with Chicago Fringe Opera; and recitals with Chicago's vocal quartet, Fourth Coast Ensemble.
The 2015/16 season saw performances in Dvorak's Stabat Mater for festivals in France and Germany; Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, “Lobgesang” at the Masterworks Festival; Bach’s Quodlibet, Cantata 147, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy as an artist- in-residence at the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival; appearances with Music of the Baroque; his role debut of The Visitor in Glass' In the Penal Colony with Chicago Fringe Opera; and guest recitals at Roosevelt University, Ball State University, Chicago's City Winery and The Musical Offering.
In 2014, Zachary made his Orchestra Hall debut as the tenor soloist in the North American premiere of Jacob TV's Mountaintop with the Chicago Sinfonietta, a performance he has since revisited. Comfortable in opera repertoire as well as concert and recital, past seasons have seen Zachary’s role debuts of Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème and Leander in Nielsen's Maskarade; a performance in the 10th annual PianoForte Foundation Schubertiade; performances with the Chicago Opera Theater; European tours of Bruckner's Te Deum, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass headlining the Eutiner Festspiele, Festival Durance Luberon, Hamburg's St. Michael's Church, as well as other venues in Germany, France and Luxembourg; recitals with frequent collaborator and harpist Jennifer Ruggieri including the North American premiers of works by Jacob TV, Alec Roth, and Samuel Hunter; and appearances as a backup singer in Chicago with The Rolling Stones on their 50 & Counting tour.
A native of North Carolina, Zachary spent one season as a regional artist and opera chorus member with Opera Carolina, where he was given the great opportunity to perform as featured soloist in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation "Random Act of Culture" series, bringing opera to large crowds in uncommon venues across the greater Charlotte area. In 2011, he gave a homecoming concert titled Songs My Mother Taught Me in his home town of Shelby, and reprised his recital A Young Man's Exhortation for the Covenant Chamber Music series in Charlotte with pianist Cynthia Swicegood. The recital was a featured concert by the Gerald Finzi Foundation.
Zachary is a founding member of Fourth Coast Ensemble, Chicago's premiere classical vocal quartet. He recently completed his two-year fellowship in art song at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, of which he is now the Director of Marketing. He holds degrees from Wingate University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and he has been a Young Artist with the Chicago Opera Theater and a Regional Artist with Opera Carolina. He is a student of American tenors Allan Glassman and Nicholas Phan.