Stage Directors

Steven Condy



Baritone Steven Condy, who has built his reputation on his portrayals of the great “buffo” roles, was praised as the “most delightfully surprising and truly brilliant performance...the agility of his voice, not only in negotiating the vocal roller-coasters, but also in creating comically nuanced coloring, combined with his clumsily agile physicality and an edgy-but-not-threatening delivery of the role as a whole, stole the show. Based on his performance, the opera might well be re-titled Don Bartolo.” Highlights of recent seasons include his Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Madison Opera, Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Houston Grand Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, the title role of Falstaff at Utah Opera, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Arizona Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, Betto in Gianni Schicchi with Los Angeles Opera, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with Dallas Opera.

Andrew Garland



American baritone Andrew Garland has been praised for his “coloratura [which] bordered on the phenomenal as he dashed through the music’s intricacies with his warm baritone, offering plenty of elegance and glamour in his smooth acting.” His latest recording, Andrew Garland: American Portraits (2013) debuted at # 1 on Recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall recital with Warren Jones, as well as performances with Seattle Opera and Atlanta Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème, Boston Lyric Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, Cincinnati Opera as Galileo in Galileo Galilei (Philip Glass) and Mercurio in La Calisto (Cavalli), and Arizona Opera as Ping in Turandot. He sang the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Knoxville Opera and Dayton Opera, and Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera. Concert highlights include performances with the Atlanta Symphony, National Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, New York Festival of Song, New York City Opera, Washington Chorale at the Kennedy Center, DCINY at Lincoln Center and the Cleveland Art Song Festival with Warren Jones.

John Hancock



Baritone John Hancock, “a statuesque performer with a beautiful resonant voice,” recently performed as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Portland Opera, the title role of Falstaff at Angers Nantes Opera and Opera de Rennes, and in concert with the Bard Music Festival, American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Career highlights include performances with the Metropolitan Opera as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Albert in Werther, de Brétigny in Manon, and Marcello in La Bohème, and with the San Francisco Opera as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut. He has performed leading roles with New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, and has appeared in concert with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Canadian Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, NOS Dutch National Radio Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Lester Lynch



Recognized for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice, baritone Lester Lynch is receiving rave reviews as he tackles some of Verdi’s most important baritone roles from Scarpia to Rigoletto to Count di Luna. “It was booming baritone Lester Lynch who served notice that he is now in consideration for admittance to the Scarpia Preferred Pantheon. Mr. Lynch sang much of the night with exceptionally controlled suavity and mellifluous rolling tone, but when he needed to pour it on he had the Puccinian fire power and the dramatic heat to raise the hair on the back of your neck.” Highlights of recent engagements include the title role in Rigoletto with the Canadian Opera Company, Gerald in Andrea Chenier with the Bregenzer Festspiele, Carbon in Cerano de Bergerac with San Francisco Opera, Herald in Lohengrin with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Porgy in Porgy and Bess with Washington National Opera, and Scarpia in Tosca with Glimmerglass Opera. Additional engagements include leading roles with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, and with the Cleveland Orchestra, Washington Master Chorale, Nashville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and in concert at at Carnegie Hall.


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