We can't think of a better way for a singer to debut on Barihunks than to reveal his total package. In the case of Troy Cook, we literally mean the total package. We always comment that Don Giovanni is the opera that just keeps cranking out the barihunks, but perhaps for those of you want to see ALL of your barihunks, Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias might be the opera of choice.
After we posted Gabriel Bermudez's full monty a reader alerted us to the fact that Troy Cook performed in the same production. He was also gracious enough to dig up this amazing photo. When Bermudez's photos were posted on our site, traffic increased 500% and rivaled the photos of Daniel Okulitch from The Fly in total hits.
However, this site is dedicated to great singing, as well as pulchritudinous men. Clearly, Cook and Bermudez both fit the bill.
American baritone Troy Cook is a former apprentice artist the Santa Fe Opera, student at the Florida Grand Opera Studio and holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He also studied voice with Bill Schuman.
We've included a couple of clips of Cook, including a performance of Marcello at the Florida Grand Opera’s La Boheme and a duet from Pagliacci with soprano Lotania Moore. Cook has also performed in a few Barihunks favorites, portraying Zurga in the Pearl Fishers and Mr. Flint in Billy Budd.
Cook is scheduled to perform Figaro in Kansas City and Zurga in Philadelphia in upcoming seasons. He is also scheduled to do a recording of Donizetti's music with Opera Rara in 2011. We look forward to seeing a lot more of this talented young singer in the future.