From: New York City, New York. LA Opera: Figaro in The Barber of Seville (2023, debut).

Irish-American baritone Emmett O’Hanlon’s 2022/23 season saw his house debut with Austin Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville. He also returned to Deutsche Oper am Rhein for his role debut as Pierrot in a new production of Die tote Stadt, and a reprise of his acclaimed run as the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, as well as a return to Irish National Opera to sing Simon in Donnacha Dennehy and Edna Walsh’s The First Child. Concert appearances include a concert with the New York Philharmonic celebrating the works of Stephen Sondheim presented by Bravo! Vail Festival, a holiday concert with the South Bend Symphony, and a special concert at the Sun Valley Festival with tenor Emmet Cahill focused on music from the leading men of Hollywood’s “golden age.”

The 2021/22 season saw Mr. O’Hanlon’s house debut with Irish National Opera as Simon in The First Child, presented as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. He also joined the ensemble at Deutsche Oper am Rhein which saw his role debut as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Silvio in Pagliacci and as the Kaiser in Der Kaiser von Atlantis. He also appeared in galas with Austin Opera and Hawaii Opera Theatre. In concert, he appeared with mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard and tenor Emmet Cahill in Scenes from a New York Stage at the Blue Building in Manhattan.

Operatic highlights include Mr. O’Hanlon’s role debuts as the title role in Don Giovanni, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, his role debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, his role debut as Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose, and Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide with Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. O’Hanlon also made his role debut as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Paramount Theater. Highlights at Lyric Opera of Chicago include the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, Wagner in Faust, and Dancaīre in Carmen, where he also covered the roles of Valentin in Faust, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Marullo in Rigoletto, Papageno in The Magic Flute and the Captain in Eugene Onegin. Additional operatic highlights include his debut at Des Moines Metro Opera in a new production of Billy Budd singing the Novice’s Friend and covering the title role, as well as covering the title role in Eugene Onegin, singing Bartley in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, the Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River at the Juilliard School, and the Soldier in a workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick the Great in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera.

Concert work includes his debut with the New World Symphony for Unanswered Questions: A Leonard Bernstein Journey, conducted by Edwin Outwater. Recital appearances include being presented by Opera Birmingham at Brock Recital Hall at Samford University, and with Sun Valley Opera.

In addition to his operatic and concert career, Mr. O’Hanlon joined the group Celtic Thunder in 2014 as a featured artist. Highlights of his time with the group include appearances on the 2014 Celtic Cruise, the 2014 Christmas Symphony Tour, and the 2015 Very Best of Tour. He is also featured on both the DVD and CD of Legacy Vol I & II, as well as the re-release of their albums Heartland, The Show, Take Me Home, Heritage, and Voyage I & II.

Honors and awards include being named a finalist in the 2017 Operalia competition, a finalist in the south regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd place in the Verismo Opera competition, third place in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, and an encouragement award from the Opera Index competition.

Mr. O’Hanlon holds a master of music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a bachelor of music degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additional training includes participation as a Bel Canto young artist at Caramoor Opera, studies at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, a summer with Oberlin in Italy, and the “Julliard in Paris” project, sponsored by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation.

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