Michael Hendrick, tenor
Lennie, Of Mice and Men
Tenor Michael Hendrick will sing the role of Lennie in Sarasota Opera's 2013 production of Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men. Mr. Hendrick made his debut with Sarasota Opera in 1996 as Trabucco in La forza del destino and Tinca in Il tabarro, and returned in subsequent seasons to sing Guillot in Manon, Laca in Jenufa, and Levko in the American stage premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night.
Mr. Hendrick has performed with leading opera companies and orchestras in Europe and in North America. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Meneas in Strauss’ Die aegyptische Helena and has since returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. He has earned critical praise for his performances in the title role of Parsifal with Lyric Opera of Chicago; as Lennie Small in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men with both the Washington National Opera and Kentucky Opera; as Don José in Carmen (LIV Festival Ópera de A Coruña, Palacio de Festivales in Santander, New York City Opera, and Opera Pacific); as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Pittsburgh Opera, L'Opera de Montréal, and Seattle Opera; and as Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with New York City Opera. Mr. Hendrick has appeared at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw as Midas in Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, and at Washington's Kennedy Center in the title role of La clemenza di Tito with the National Symphony Orchestra.