During the 2016-17 season, resident company member Matthew Hanscom performs the roles of Enrico (Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Figaro (Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Lt. Gordon (Kevin Puts’ Silent Night), and Marcello (Puccini’s La bohème). Roles performed in 2015-16 included Scarpia (Puccini’s Tosca), Figaro (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro), Escamillo (Bizet’s Carmen) and Stanley (Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire). In his debut season as a member of OSJ’s resident company (2014-15) Mr. Hanscom was featured in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Taddeo (Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers), Gino Carella (Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread), and Papageno (Mozart’s The Magic Flute.)
Mr. Hanscom began 2014 in his sixth season at Sarasota Opera, appearing as Comte de Toulouse in Verdi’s Jérusalem and covering Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Highlights from past seasons include Schaunard in La bohème, a “fully realized portrait” of Slim in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, and Ping in Puccini’s Turandot.
Awards and accolades received include being named 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. 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”.
Possessing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, Mr. Hanscom is an alumnus of many of premiere training programs such as Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artist Program, the Santa Fe Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera Studio, and Central City Opera.
Please visit Mr. Hanscom’s website for more information.