Jonas Hacker

Jonas Hacker

Jonas Hacker, tenor

Beth Lytwynec

A 2016 Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Jonas Hacker regularly receives high praise for his “attractive tenor voice” and his ability to convincingly portray characters across genres from Mozart to Glass. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Hacker will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Timothy Laughlin in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers and will also make his company and role debut with Kentucky Opera as Almaviva in a new production of The Barber of Seville, directed by Matthew Ozawa. He opens the season returning to Annapolis Opera as Theodore “Laurie” Lawrence in Little Women, the company with whom he made his professional debut in 2015 as Ferrando in Così fan tutte.

In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Mr. Hacker was selected as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera where he has been heard in multiple productions. In the summer of 2016 he made his debut as Sospiro in the U.S. premiere of Florian Gassmann’s comic opera L’opera seria, sang in the concert From Lute Song to The Beatles with Steven Blier, and was part of the Improper Opera improv troupe. In 2017, he sings Bastianello and Lambent in John Musto’s Bastianello, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, and presented a concert entitled Four of a Kind with collaborator Steven Blier.

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Recent performances include his debut with Washington Concert Opera in their performance of Beethoven’s Leonore, the first version of his opera Fidelio, as the tenor soloist in a quartet rendition of Bach’s Cantata 150 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and as George Gibbs in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera.

In 2016, Mr. Hacker was seen on Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductor’s concert, which received a segment on PBS’s NewsHour program, and made his debut with Washington Concert Opera singing the famous duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers on their 30th Anniversary Concert to honor Maestro Antony Walker’s 15th season of leadership. The previous summer, he was part of the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program where he covered the title role in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica, and while there, performed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra.

Active on the concert stage, Mr. Hacker made his debut with the Columbus Symphony in 2016 singing Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov, and returned in the summer of 2017 as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  In 2015 he sang the Tenor Soloist in Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s SingIN event in Verizon Hall, and sang the complete Messiah with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in 2012.

Frequently recognized by prestigious competitions, Mr. Hacker was one of nine Finalists in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, won second place in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, won the Robert Crosby Memorial Award in the Opera Index Competition, and in February 2017 was awarded the Robert Jacobson Award as a Finalist in the George London Foundation Competition.

Mr. Hacker hails from Lake Delton, Wisconsin and recently completed his studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. While attending the Academy of Vocal Arts, his performances have included Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri.  He received his Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

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Alex Mansoori

Alex Mansoori

Alex Mansoori, tenor

Alex Mansoori

Called “Oustanding” and “Hilarious” by critics, tenor Alex Mansoori has been hailed as “solid and convincing” and “smartly characterized” by The New York Times. Specializing in character tenor roles, Mr. Mansoori’s varied repertoire runs the gamut from Handel and Mozart to Bernstein and Sondheim.

Most recently, he appeared as Monostatos in the Orlando Philharmonic’s staged concert of Die Zauberflöte and was also part of the rebirth of Opera Orlando, singing Monsieur Vogelsang in The Impresario and Lacouf, le Fils, and le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias. In the coming season, he returns to the Orlando Philharmonic for their staged performances of Bernstein’s Candide and will be heard as Pang in Turandot and Monostatos with Opera Naples under the baton of Artistic Director Ramón Tebar.

Past seasons have seen him as Nika Magadoff in The Consul with Seattle Opera, as Bastianello and Lorenzo in the double bill of Bastianello/Lucrezia with UrbanArias in Washington DC, and a return to the Ravinia Festival as Monostatos in a concert production with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. He also appeared in the same role in Peter Brook’s Une flûte enchantée which toured Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Morocco, and Russia. It also was in residence at Mr. Brook’s home theatre Theatres des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

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Appearances also include Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera, Monostatos with Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was also heard as Lenia in the North American Premiere of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. Other roles include Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seattle Opera), Remendado in Carmen (Aspen Music Festival), and the Stage Manager in the New York premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town (The Juilliard School). He has also appeared on the Musical Theatre stage as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Igor in Young Frankenstein.

Mr. Mansoori has a long relationship with the Steven Blier and New York Festival of Song, most recently appearing in “A Modern Person’s Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up”. He has also appeared with NYFOS for tributes to Harold Prince, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer and is a favorite at their annual seasonal concert “A Goyische Christmas to you!”

Mr. Mansoori has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York’s famed Rainbow Room and appeared in Candide in Concert with The New York Philharmonic which was also broadcast on PBS and later released on DVD.

A native of Seattle, Washington, he received his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the William Schuman Prize and was a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital, singing a collection of spirituals by Harry T. Burleigh and Moses Hogan.

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Rafael Moras

Rafael Moras

Rafael Moras, tenor

Rafael Moras

A recent alumnus of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Coburn Stein Young Artist Program, tenor Rafael Moras has received recognition from major competitions and critics alike. He was a 2014 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 Operalia quarterfinalist, and was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2013 and 2014. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Moras was heard as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. Of his performance, Opera News said that “the strongest voice and deepest acting chops belonged to the Rodolfo of Rafael Moras…[who] escaped all of the tempting tenorial clichés to create a fully fleshed-out characterization. His singing remained warm and ingratiating, from low note to high, from first scene to last.”

Career highlights include singing alongside Plácido Domingo as a featured soloist in 2014’s When East Meets West with Plácido Domingo, the tenor solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under Maestro Domingo, and Pong in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s Turandot under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in Voice at Rice University. He has performed the roles of Fenton, Tom Buchanan, and Rinuccio in the Aspen Music Festival’s Falstaff, The Great Gatsby, and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Gonzalve and Pedrillo in Houston Symphony productions of L’heure espagnole and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. This past season, Moras sang Flavio in LA Opera’s production of Norma, covered Greenhorn in LAO’s Moby-Dick, and performed the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the leadership of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

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Norman Reinhardt

Norman Reinhardt

Norman Reinhardt, tenor

Norman Reinhardt

Norman Reinhardt is one of the leading international tenors before the public today. Not only has he received praise for having “the most beautiful voice” (klassik.de) but he is widely recognized for his compelling stage presence and command as a singing actor. Most recently he has received rave reviews for his Salzburg Festival and Whitsun Festival debut as Tony in West Side Story opposite Cecelia Bartoli and under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. In the current season he returns to the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées for his role debut as Pollione in Norma, a production which will also travel to Baden-Baden where he makes his debut at the Festspielhaus. He will also be heard as Leicester in a new production of Elisabetta regina d’Inhilterra at Theater an der Wien and returns to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival for performances as Lurcanio in Ariodante, and as Rodrigo in La donna del lago.

In the current season, he makes his debut at both the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals as Tony in performances of West Side Story alongside Cecelia Bartoli and under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He adds the role of Nemorino to his repertoire in his house debut at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, followed by further performances in his house debut at Hamburgische Stattsoper. Additional performances include returns to Teatro Real de Madrid in his signature role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and to Houston Grand Opera as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in the famed Robert Carsen production. He began the season in Paris as Belmonte in Die Entführung as dem Serail at Théâtre de Champs-Elysées.

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Notable performances include his Viennese debut as Arturo in La straniera at Theater an der Wien; Verdi’s Requiem at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon; productions of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and The Rake’s Progress for Staatsoper Berlin; Tamino at San Francisco Opera; Des Grieux in Manon and Fritz in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein opposite Anne Sophie von Otter at Theater Basel; and Tamino in David Pountney’s production at the Bregenz Festival released on DVD by Unitel Classica.

A graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Studio, he has enjoyed a continued relationship with the company, appearing in numerous productions including FidelioBéatrice et BénédictA Midsummer Night’s DreamIdomeneo, Don PasqualeCosì fan tutte and Otello. Since leaving the studio, he has worked with some of the world’s top conductors including Patrick Summers, James Conlon, Michael Hofstetter Harry Bickett, Stephen Lord, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Ulf Schirmer, Axel Kober and William Lacey. He has also worked with leading opera directors including Christof Loy, Peter Konwitschny, David Pountney, Jurgen Flimm, Laurent Pelly, James Robinson, Damiano Michieletto, Christoph Marthaler, John Cox, Neil Armfield, David Gately and Irinia Brook.

An ensemble member of Oper Leipzig from 2009-2012, his repertoire included Alfredo in La traviata, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Alfred in Die Fledermaus along with Tamino, Ferrando, Tom Rakewell and Lensky. He has also performed at Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Lille, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Garsington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Colorado and Central City Opera.

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Yongzhao Yu

Yongzhao Yu

Yongzhao Yu, tenor

Beth Lytwynec

Yongzhao Yu, who won the Audience Choice Award and the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award in HGO’s 2015 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, is beginning his third season in the HGO Studio. Earlier this season, he performed the tenor Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He has performed Flavio in Norma with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Naulz in Visitors on the Icy Mountain with the Shanghai Grand Theater, and Alfredo in La traviata in the concert hall of the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He has performed in concert in the Grand Theatre of the Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and in an Eternal Verdi concert in Shanghai in honor of the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth. Further awards include first prize in Opera Concorso. In summer 2016, he performed Rodolfo in La bohème with Wolf Trap Opera. This past summer he sang Alfredo in La traviata with Aspen Opera Center, a role he will repeat in select performances at HGO in the fall. He will also be heard at HGO as Flavio in Norma.

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