Praised both for his “gorgeous voice” and his “delicious sense of humor”, bass Edward Hanlon is an exciting singing actor. He has had great success in competitions throughout the United States, particularly at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where he placed once as a national semifinalist and three times as a regional finalist. Other results include the grand prize of the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and finalist in the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation and Birmingham Musicale Competition. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and McGill University, where he studied with Stephen Lusmann and Winston Purdy, respectively.
Edward has been a member of the full time Metropolitan Opera chorus since 2014. There he performed the role of the Lakai (Der Rosenkavalier), the Musketeer (Cyrano de Bergerac), the Wise Man (Turandot) and covered the Janissarie (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) while singing as a chorister in over 500 performances of 64 productions. In the 2017-18 season, he will sing the Cenobite (Thaïs) and cover La harpe (Les Contes d'Hoffman). Since joining the Metropolitan Opera, Edward has maintained an varied solo career, singing Talpa and Betto (Il trittico) and Sparifucille (Rigoletto) with North Shore Music Festival and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) with Brott Opera in Hamilton, Ontario. This past summer he performed with Garrison Keillor as a member of the Prairie Home Companion Opera Quartet on their annual cruise.
Edward has sung and covered roles with opera companies throughout the United States and Canada including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Edmonton Opera, Toledo Opera, Virginia Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Winter Opera St. Louis and the Ohio Light Opera. Role highlights include Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Nicholas Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Zuniga (Carmen), Nourabad (Les pêcheurs des perles), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Zoroastro (Orlando), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Uberto (La serva padrona) and Sid (La fanciulla del west). Edward is equally comfortable on the operetta and musical theatre stage, having performed Gilbert & Sullivan roles Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore), Don Alhambra (The Gondoliers), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), the Usher (Trial by Jury) and the Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance) and Viennese operetta parts Frank (Die Fledermaus) and Baron Zehta (The Merry Widow). In 2013 Edward created the role of Chaliapin in the workshop of Dave Malloy’s new musical, Preludes, performed at the Lincoln Center 3 Theatre.
An alumnus of numerous young artist programs, Edward has performed and studied at Opera Theatre St. Louis, The Glimmerglass Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Chautauqua Opera. Edward recently made his debut as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Mineola Choral society. Other solo concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier’s Misse de M. Mauroy and Bach’s Cantatas 133 and 140. Edward currently lives in New York with his wife, soprano Tanya Roberts.
Bottom, the weaver... as sung by Edward Hanlon. The audience giggled, guffawed and finally drowned out the aria with laughter.Popera Concert with the Brott Musical Festival. Danny Gaisin for the Ontario Arts Review. 7/8/16
Bass baritone Edward Hanlon was wonderful as Bibinski, leader of the three Russian agents. He has a gorgeous voice — perhaps the best one in the cast... When singing Siberia, the trio acted, sang, and danced with panache.Bibinski in Silk Stockings at the Ohio Light Opera. Robert Rollin for ClevelandClassical.com 7/22/13
Edward Hanlon’s raucous characterization of Dick Deadeye was strong and bold, seasoned with brief moments of humor and sarcasm. He was most impressive when he sang with a full open sound, exhibiting a voice that was well placed, resonant and nasally edgy. Hanlon’s duet with Corcoran, “Kind Captain I Have Important Information,” was a dramatic highlight of the show.Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore at The Ohio Light Opera. J. D. Goddard for ClevelandClassical.com. 7/2/13
Edward Hanlon as Frank, the governor of the prison, has excellent comic timing (his interplay with Gietz at the ball is one of the highlights).Frank in Die Fledermaus at Edmonton Opera. Shaughn Butts for the Edmonton Journal 2/2/14
Edward Hanlon, the manly MasettoMasetto in Don Giovanni with Des Moines Metro Opera. Mark Thomas Ketterson for Opera News 10/12
Bass-baritone Edward Hanlon nearly stole the show with his vibrant portrayal of Dick Deadeye. He had fantastic projection, superb tone, and a delicious sense of humor.Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. M.L. Rantala for the Hyde Park Herald 3/19/14
newcomers Matthew Plenk and Edward Hanlon take turns airing their grievances, but their singing is sterling throughout.Masetto in Don Giovanni with Des Moines Metro Opera. Michael Morain for the Des Moines Register 5/9/12
Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 26 to October 28
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April 22 to May 7
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