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A graduate of The Juilliard School and recipient of the Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Theo Hoffman’s 2023-2024 season includes his role and house debut with Opernhaus Zürich as Momus in Platée. He makes his return to Staatsoper Hamburg to sing Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, and reprises the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with New Orleans Opera.

 

Last season Mr. Hoffman made his debut with Staatsoper Hamburg as Prosdocimo in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia and his anticipated role debut as Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Taiwan Philharmonic under the baton of Jun Märkl, sang Schaunard in La bohème with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, and appeared with the Moab Music Festival in concert.

 

The 2021-22 season included a number of exciting company debuts for the baritone. He appeared with the Israeli Opera as Papageno in Barrie Kosky's Die Zauberflöte, and later in the season as Count Almaviva in a new David Pountney production of Le nozze di Figaro. Additionally, he made his Seattle Opera debut as Schaunard in La bohème, his debut with Berkshire Opera Festival as Charlie in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, and performed Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at Castleton with pianist Bradley Moore. Hoffman also appeared as Frédéric in Delibes' Lakmé with Washington Concert Opera, with the Pacific Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and as Pierrot in Ethel Smyth's Fête Galante with the Bard Music Festival.

Originally scheduled to make his company and role debut in the 2020-2021 season as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera (cancelled due to the pandemic), he instead joined their Molly Blank Big Tent Series, singing Escamillo in Carmen. During the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season, Mr. Hoffman began with his debut with Opera Philadelphia as Denis in the critically praised world premiere of Denis & Katya by Philip Venables, followed by his return to Los Angeles Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. On the concert stage, he debuted with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, singing Handel’s Messiah, returned to New York Festival of Song, performed with Southern Oregon Repertory Singers as a soloist in Joby Talbot’s Sheen of Dew, and was slated to tour with Apollo’s Fire as a soloist in the St. Matthew Passion (cancelled).

Mr. Hoffman's 2018-2019 season included a role debut as Count Almaviva at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mr. Kallenbach in Satyagraha with Los Angeles Opera, Paul in Les Enfants Terribles with Opera Omaha, as well as performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the prestigious Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg Mozartwoche, where he performed Colas/Buff in Bastien und Bastienne/Der Schauspieldirektor. Other notable recent operatic performances include Josef K. in the American Premiere of The Trial by Philip Glass at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Schaunard in La bohème with Atlanta Opera.

The Manhattan-born baritone trained at Los Angeles Opera as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist. While a young artist, he performed Maximilian in Francesca Zambello's acclaimed production of Candide under the baton of James Conlon, as well as Le Dancaïre in Carmen. He debuted as Il medico in Macbeth, and performed Second Nazarene in Salome, Hermann in Les contes d'Hoffmann, First Editor in Wonderful Town, and covered Horemhab in Akhnaten.

A fast-rising recitalist and concert performer, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Cecilia Chorus of New York for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and was presented in recital at The Kennedy Center in the 2017-18 season by Vocal Arts DC as the Gerald Perman Emerging Artist. He joined the New York Philharmonic for a chamber concert of Wolf and Mahler, and has appeared at Alice Tully Hall in recital and with Juilliard Songfest. Mr. Hoffman made his debut with the New York Festival of Song in 2013 and has since joined NYFOS regularly. A former SongFest Stern Fellow, his other recital and chamber music credits include Juilliard ChamberFest as well as works on Juilliard’s Songbook and Liederabend series, Arizona Musicfest as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana​, and completed a summer Mozart Residency at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Mr. Hoffman completed his Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School. He was a Grand Finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a 2015 third prize-winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s International Vocal Competition, as well as the recipient of a Richard Gaddes Career Grant from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

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Theo Hoffman

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