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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 and Mozart'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.

2017-18 Season

Member of the APHC Opera Quartet

Member of the APHC Opera Quartet

S.S. Rotterdam
A Prairie Home Companion Cruise
June 9 to June 24

Cenobite in <em>Thaïs</em>

Cenobite in Thaïs

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
November 11 to December 2

La harpe (cover) in <em>Les Contes d'Hoffman</em>

La harpe (cover) in Les Contes d'Hoffman

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 26 to October 28

Bass Soloist in Mozart's <em>Requiem</em>

Bass Soloist in Mozart's Requiem

St. Catherine of Siena RC Church
Mineola Choral Society
January 28th

Chorus in 21 Productions

Chorus in 21 Productions

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 25 to May 12


2016-17 Season

Bartolo in <em>Le nozze di Figaro</em>

Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro

McIntyre Arts Centre
Brott Music Festival
July 14

Lakai in <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>

Lakai in Der Rosenkavalier

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
April 13 to May 13

Bass Soloist in Stainer's <em>Crucifixion</em>

Bass Soloist in Stainer's Crucifixion

The Brick Presbyterian Church
Brick Presbyterian Church

April 14

Muskateer in <em>Cyrano de Bergerac</em>

Muskateer in Cyrano de Bergerac

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
May 2 to May 10

Chorus in 24 Productions

Chorus in 24 Productions

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 26 to May 13


2015-16 Season

Betto/Talpa in Il trittico

Betto/Talpa in Il trittico

The Great Hall at Castle Gould
North Shore Music Festival
August 15

Wise Man in <em>Turandot</em>

Wise Man in Turandot

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 23 to January 30

Bass Soloist in Verdi's <em>Requiem</em>

Bass Soloist in Verdi's Requiem

Mineola High School
Mineola Choral Society
January 31st

Janissarie (cover) in <em>Die Entführung aus dem Serail</em>

Janissarie (cover) in Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
April 22 to May 7

Chorus in 18 Productions

Chorus in 18 Productions

Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera
September 21 to May 7

Chorus Performances at the Metropolitan Opera

63

Productions

530

Performances

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