Gloria M. Portela and Richard E. Evans/ Carolyn J. Levy/Liz Grimm and Jack Roth Fellow
About the artist:
Second-year HGO Studio artist Blake Denson, originally from Paducah, Kentucky, 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). For HGO’s 2021-22 season, Denson will perform the role of Morales in Carmen, Daddy/Tim in alternate cast performances of The Snowy Day, Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Gregorio in Romeo and Juliet. During the 2020-21 HGO Digital season he appeared in Giving Voice; Hansel and Gretel as Peter; and Suite Española: Explorando Iberia. He obtained his Bachelor of Music in voice degree from the University of Kentucky School of Music and completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Denson was a studio artist at Wolf Trap Opera in 2018 and 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, but those productions were canceled due to COVID-19.
HGO appearances: Morales in Carmen; Cover and Alternate Cast Daddy/Tim/Ensemble Bass 1 in The Snowy Day; Jailor in Dialogues des Carmélites; Gregorio in Romeo and Juliet. Second-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: Father (Peter) in Hansel and Gretel; Cover Daddy/Tim/Ensemble Bass 1 in The Making of The Snowy Day; Soloist in Giving Voice; Soloist in Suite Española. 2018 Alumnus of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy.
Artist’s website: https://www.blakeadenson.com/