Underwriters: Elizabeth Grimm and Jack Roth/Carolyn Levy/Gloria Portela and Dick Evans
About the artist: A native of Kentucky, baritone Blake Denson was a Grand Finals winner in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a 2018 alumnus of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (YAVA). He obtained his bachelor of music in voice degree from the University of Kentucky School of Music and recently completed his master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Stephen King. While at Rice, he has performed as Elder McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Mercurio in La Calisto. Denson was a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera in 2018, where he covered Emperor Kaiser in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Pierrot in L’île de Merlin. He was set to return to Wolf Trap Opera for a second season in the summer of 2020 to perform the Commander and cover the title role in Eugene Onegin as well as cover the role of Marcello in La bohème, however, those productions were cancelled due to COVID-19.
HGO appearances: Morales in Carmen (COVID-19 cancellation); Daddy/Time in selected performances of The Snowy Day; Church Councilman in Breaking the Waves. First-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: 2018 Alumnus of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy
Artist’s website: https://www.blakeadenson.com/