Matthew Hanscom, baritone
Slim, Of Mice and Men
Baritone Matthew Hanscom is on the rise to great success, possessing a rich voice with an exciting, visceral top register and clean musicality which make him the perfect candidate for Cavalier Baritone repertoire. He returns to Sarasota Opera for the 2013 Festival Season to sing Ping in Puccini's Turandot and Slim in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men.
Mr. Hanscom's engagements for the 2011/12 season included a return to Sarasota Opera to cover Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. In 2010/11 he performed the role of Schaunard in Sarasota Opera’s production of La bohème where he also covered John Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. As a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis he was seen as the Corporal in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment as well as covering Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
An alumnus of many of the nation’s premier training programs (Santa Fe Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Chicago Opera Theater, among others), Mr. Hanscom has performed and covered more than twenty roles, including Ford and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff, Storyteller in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, Douphol in Verdi’s La traviata, Claudio in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, and the title roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
In competition Mr. Hanscom was an international finalist in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. He is a former national semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition as well as a former national semi-finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. He has been a finalist in Chicago’s Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. 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”.