A noted interpreter of Mozart and bel canto repertoire as well as many of today’s prominent composers, Opera News has recently hailed Keith Phares as a “mainstay of contemporary opera”, and “an authentic contemporary-American-opera divo” with “an impressive gallery of finely-drawn character portraits”. 2019-2020 highlights include Ludwig Binswanger in the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Ellen West with Opera Saratoga, Elder Tull in Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera and Mountjoy in Gloriana with Odyssey Opera.

Phares sang Charlie in the premiere and recording of Jake Heggie’s​ Three Decembers ​ opposite Frederica von Stade with Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera, the Father in the premiere and recording of Gregory Spears’​ Paul’s Case​ with UrbanArias and PROTOTYPE, and the title role in the premiere and live, Grammy-winning recording of Robert Aldridge’s ​Elmer Gantry. He is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Bowling Green State University.