Stage Directors

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. In addition to sustaining a busy performance schedule, he also recently joined the voice faculty at The University of Colorado-Boulder.

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.

Matt Hanscom



Praised for his “rich baritone” and for singing with “power, insight, and flawless delivery,” Baritone Matt Hansom is enjoying success across the continent. In recent seasons this exciting young baritone has performed with Opera San Jose as the title role in Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca, Taddeo in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Gino Carella in the World Premier of Mark Lanz Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and finally as Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Additional highlights include his “vocally and dramatically compelling” Comte de Toulouse in Verdi’s Jérusalem and a “fully realized portrait” of Slim in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, and a “most expressive, technically secure, and vocally commanding” Ping in Turandot, all with Sarasota Opera. In consecutive years he was a district winner, followed by a national semi-finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and can be seen in the documentary film “The Audition.”

Brandon Hendrickson



Baritone Brandon Hendrickson is an active performer on the opera, concert and recital stage. Hendrickson’s “mellifluous,” and “beautiful” baritone, as hailed by Opera News, has been heard interpreting standard and contemporary repertoire on national and international stages. Highlights of his performances include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Constantine in The Seagull, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, John Brook in Little Women, Albert in Werther, both Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Leo in Barab’s I Can’t Stand Wagner, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Germont in La Traviata, and Falke in Die Fledermaus.

Andrew Lovato



Called a “winning baritone” by The New York Times and “sensitive and sympathetic” by Cincinnati’s City Beat, young American baritone Andrew Lovato is garnering excitement across the nation. Recent engagements include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Young Raymond in the World Premiere of The Manchurian Candidate, El Dancaïre in Carmen, and Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, all with the Minnesota Opera. He performed as Harry Engel in Morning Star with Cincinnati Opera and as Slim in Of Mice and Men with Austin Opera. Mr. Lovato is the winner of the George L. Hackett Prize in the Livingston Mather Competition.

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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