Monday, November 23, 2015

One month until Chrismas! Have you bought your Barihunks calendar?

Malte Roesner (top), Gianluca Margheri (bottom left) and Eric Stokloßa/David Adam Moore (bottom right)
The 2016 Barihunks Charity Calendar is now available for purchase. Now in its fifth edition, the calendar features eighteen of the hottest singers in opera and musical theater hailing from nine different countries.

For each of the last four years, the charity calendar has donated all of the profits to young artists, young artist programs and projects featuring baritones. Some of the previous beneficiaries have included the Portland Resident Young Artist Program, Seagle Music Colony, the production of the West Coast Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Green Sneakers featuring Jesse Blumberg, and a concert featuring bass-barihunk Aaron Sørensen and hunkentenor Jonathan Blalock.

Trisatn Hambleton, Seth Carrico & Patrick Egersborg
This year the proceeds will be used to fund the creation of the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones (F.A.B.), which will fund baritone and bass cash prizes at song competitions, commission music for baritones and basses, and be used to fund other projects featuring low male voices. New York-based composer Clint Borzoni has already been commissioned to write two songs for string quartet and baritone, which will be performed by Marco Vassalli in January.

The singers this year include Cyril Rovery and Romain Dayez from France; Malte Roesner, Eric Stokloßa and Marco Vassalli from Germany; Iurii Samoilov from the Ukraine; Tristan Hambleton from England; Duncan Rock from Australia; Patrick Egersborg from Norway; Jason Forbach, John Paul Huckle, David Adam Moore, Seth Mease Carico and Edward Miskie from the United States; Gianluca Margheri and Vittorio Prato from Italy; and, Iosu Yeregui from Spain. All of the singers are baritones or lower voices, except for Eric Stokloßa, who is the first tenor featured in the calendar (in a photo with baritone David Adam Moore from Peter Eötvös' Paradise reloaded.

Four of the singers were photographed this Summer in the Loire Valley in an official Barihunks photo shoot. 

The Barihunks calendar is available at

Marco Vassalli
Fans of Marco Vassalli can purchase his fundraising calendar, which will help fund his long-awaited US debut in San Francisco this January. Click HERE to purchase the calendar or HERE to learn more about the concert. You can also find additional benefits at his Indiegogo campaign, including his CD of Italian songs or the chance to have a newly commissioned song that he's performing named in your honor. 

Peter Kellner & Padraic Rowan advance in Dutch competition

Padraic Rowan and Peter Kellner
The final 16 singers at the 51st International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch have been announced and it includes two low voices, Peter Kellner and Padraic Rowan. The finalist were pared down from 46 singers participants from the preliminary rounds. Those taking part in the Competition will also be given the opportunity to take part in master classes and a summer school; they will also be put in contact with various opera studios, orchestras and impresarios. The final competition will be held from September 8-17, 2016.

During the 2015-16 season Slovakian bass-barihunk Peter Kellner is a member of Oper Graz, where he is singing Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and Osmin in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In the 2014/2015 season, he performed several roles in at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater including Bartolo in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and the title role of Handel's Hercules. In 2013, he made his debuts with the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Macao International Music Festival.

Twenty-five year old Irish barihunk Padraic Rowan graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2013 with a Masters in Music Performance. He made his Wigmore Hall debut this November as a finalist in the Maureen Lehan Vocal Awards. Last June, he reached the semi-finals of the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam. This summer, Padraic participated in the Handel Residency at the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France, working with renowned French conductor and harpsichordist, Emmanuelle Haïm. You can hear audio of him HERE.

The International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch (IVC) was founded in 1954 and is the sole classical vocal competition in the Netherlands that involves oratorio and art song as well as opera, with a focus on 20th century and contemporary music. It is a unique cultural institution with long-standing connections to the province of Noord-Brabant and to the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Prize winners from the last 60 years include Thomas Hampson, Jevgeni Nesterenko, Robert Holl, Elly Ameling, Jules Bastin, Measha Brueggergosman, Cora Burggraaf, John Bröcheler, Viorica Cortez, Ileana Cotrubas, Howard Haskin, Petra Lang, Yvonne Minton, Nelly Miricioiu, Jard van Nes, Vladimir Pankratov, Margriet van Reisen, Lenneke Ruiten, Wolfgang Schöne, Henk Smit, Elzbieta Szmytka, Pretty Yende and Ruth Ziesak.

You can enjoy 18 of opera's hottest me in our new 2016 Barihunks calendar. You can order before the holiday rush HERE. Proceeds will fund a song prize for baritones/basses, as well as commissions for new music. 
Marco Vassalli and Malte Roesner in the Barihunks calendar

 You can also enjoy the Marco Vassalli calendar by clicking HERE. Proceeds from the sale will go to fund his US debut in January. 
Marco Vassalli from his fundraising calendar

Romain Dayez gets biblical and whimsical

Romain Dayez (photo © Pierre Bongert)
Barihunks calendar model Romain Dayez a few interesting performances coming up on his calendar. On November 28 and 29, he'll perform in Handel's Judas Maccabaues at the Collège Don Bosco in Brussels, Belgium with the vocal ensemble Cantus Firmus and the Brussels Chamber Orchestra.

Gerald Finley sings "Arm, arm ye brave" from Judas Maccabeaus:

From December 2-February 2, he plays the King in Graciane Finzi's new opera Peau D’âne, based on an incestuous fairy tale by 17th century author Charles Perrault. Performances will be at the Espace Paris-Plaine, Carrè Belle-feuille in Boulogne-Billancourt and the Théâtre de la Lanterne in Rambouillet

In the opera, the king promises his dying wife only to remarry a woman as beautiful as herself. He decides that the only woman who can meet that standard is his daughter, Horrified, the daughter seek the advice of her fairy godmother, who tells her to create marital demands so extreme that they can't be met. She demands that she be given three dresses made of immaterial materials. The first is to be made of the “sky” and should be as light and airy as the clouds. The second is to be made of “moonbeams” and should reflect the same lyrical intensity as the moon at night. The third, and last, is to be made of “sunlight” and should be as blinding and warm as the sun above. The opera also involved a donkey that poops gold and a prince who saves the day.

On January 17, he'll join accompanist Charles Mignot for a recital of music by Fauré, Franck, Chausson, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Caplet, Boulanger and Poulenc. The performance will be at the Musée des Instruments de Musique and tickets will be available at the door.

You can enjoy Romain Dayez in the 2016 Barihunks calendar along with 17 more of opera's hottest men. You can order before the holiday rush HERE. Proceeds will fund a song prize for baritones/basses, as well as commissions for new music.
Romain Dayez and Jason Duika
You can also enjoy the Marco Vassalli calendar by clicking HERE. Proceeds from the sale will go to fund his US debut in January. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Introducing Lithuanian Barihunk Romanas Kudriašovas

Romanas Kudriašovas (on the right with Bryn Terfel)
A reader in the UK has introduced us to Lithuanian barihunk Romanas Kudriašovas, who is a Young Artist at the London National Opera Studio. On November 28th, he'll be performing scenes from the Mozart/Da Ponte operas as part of the National Opera Studio residency at Opera North. The concert will be at the Howard Assembly Room at 7:30 PM.

On December 10th, he joins the great British soprano Susan Bullock for a candle-lit celebration of English song in St. Giles Cripplegate Church in London. The program will feature music from Vaughn Williams, Gurney, Quilter and Britten. Tickets are available online.

Romanas Kudriašovas and Giedrė Muralytė-Eriksonė perform Donaudy's "O del mio amato ben"

Romanas began his music studies at age seven playing the violin and piano. After initially studying choral conducting, he went on to study voice at the Music and Theater Academy in Lithuania  Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and the Wales International Academy of Voice, where he received his Masters. 

He has performed music ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century repertoire, including: Elviro in Handel's Serse, Antenor in Rameau's Dardanus, Valens in Handel's Theodora, Mr. X  in Kalman's Zirkusprinzessin, Bill in Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Lockit  in Britten's The Beggar’s Opera and the Sacristan in Puccini's Tosca opposite Bryn Terfel’s Scarpia.

Kudriašovas is fluent in English, German, Lithuanian and Russian.

Support the arts with one of these calendars. Our 2016 Barihunks calendar will fund a new non-profit to support young artists, commission new music and provide a vocal competition prize for baritone/bass voices. The Marco Vassalli calendar will help fund his US debut in San Francisco performing two songs to German texts from composer Clint Borzoni.  

 Click HERE to order the 2016 Barihunks Charity Calendar!

 Click HERE to enjoy 12 months of barihunk Marco Vassalli and support his US debut!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Zachary Luchetti feature is no laughing matter

Zachary Luchetti
When we featured barihunk Zachary Luchetti's very funny bio on the site back in August it pretty much went viral, quadrupling our traffic for the day. The Pennsylvania native has carved out a nice niche for himself singing mostly regionally, where he's dubbed himself the  "the king of the D-list opera singers."

All kidding aside, he actually has an impressive résumé, having earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from Duquesne University and some 70 roles under his belt.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just featured him after runs in "Night of the Living Dead, The Opera" in Midland, PA and Iolante in Carnegie, PA. You can read the entire piece HERE, as well as our original post HERE (it's just as funny on second reading!).

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

John Brancy takes Britain by storm

John Brancy (Photo on right: James Bellorini)
The British are finally getting the chance to enjoy American barihunk John Brancy, as he tours in Glyndebourne's production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale as Malatesta. They are at the tail end of the tour with final performances in Plymouth and Woking running through December 4th. During the tour he's taken time to appear on BBC3 in Norwich (at 1:43:00) and Classicfm for a demonstration of bel canto and legato. (Check them out, as they are quite entertaining).

He'll be returning to North America after the run for a Christmas concert with his wife mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta They will join the Edmonton Symphony, the Greenwood Singers and the dancers from Shelley’s Dance Company for a program that includes Jingle Bells, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, music from The Santa Clause films and a Christmas carol sing-along.

On January 16, he'll join pianist Peter Dugan in Aiken, South Carolina to reprise their critically acclaimed program of WWI songs. The duo then heads to Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital hall on February 5, 2016 for a program entitled Fantasy, which includes music by Schumann, Sibelius, Grieg, Britten and Bridge. 

Enjoy 18 more barihunks in our new Charity Calendar, which is on sale now. 
Malte Roesner
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Leonard Bernad joins Flanders Opera (and The Four Tenors)

Leonard Bernad

Last April, we introduced Romanian bass-barihunk Leonard Bernad in his scivvies performing Bohuslav Martinů's Mirandolina with the Bavarian Opera Studio. He's opening today in Rossini's Armida at the Opera Vlaanderen as Armida's evil uncle Idraote and the leader of Armida's spirits Astarotte. The opera is best known for requiring four quality tenors and for some stunning music for the soprano.

Bernad joined the young artist ensemble at the Flanders (Vlaanderen) Opera this season after two years with the Bavarian Opera Studio. Upcoming roles with the company include Pharnaces in Zemlinsky's Der Konig Kandaules, Colline in Puccini's La bohème, Lodovico in Verdi's Otello and Joe in Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

A complete performance of Armida from Venice in 1970:

Armida is one of the famous 'opere serie' that Rossini composed for Naples. The librettist took his inspiration from Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso, an Italian literary masterpiece from the 16th century that has served as inspiration for countless opera composers. It takes place against the backdrop of the first Crusade in which Godfrey of Bouillon liberated Jerusalem.

The ad for Verdi's Otello at the Flanders Opera
The opera tells the story of the extraordinarily beautiful sorceress and princess of Damascus, Armida, who wreaks erotic havoc in the camp of the Christian knights. At work here is a mature and unseen Rossini. He combines the martial air of the battle-ready knights with the incomparable bel canto songs by the mysterious Armida. An Armida who, at the end of the opera, in the midst of her vocal pyrotechnics, is consumed by her own daemonic sensuality. An opera in which heroism and languid sensuality alternate.

Performance of Armida run through December 4 and tickets are available online.

Enjoy 18 more barihunks in our new Charity Calendar, which is on sale now. 
Marco Vassalli & Malte Roesner

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