Biography (English)

Michael Robert Hendrick, Tenor

Tenor Michael Robert Hendrick has appeared on opera stages and concert halls worldwide for 23 years.

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City as Menelas in Die Ägyptische Helena under the direction of Fabio Luisi, followed by numerous engagements at international houses. His repertoire includes Paul in Die tote Stadt, the title roles in Peter GrimesSamson und DalilaParsifal, LohengrinDon José in Carmen, Canio in Pagliacci, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Florestan in Fidelio, Herodes in Salome, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Midas in Die Liebe der Danae and the Tambours-major in Wozzeck.

Mr. Hendrick was honored at the Kennedy Center as Washington National Opera’s Artist of the Year in 2001 for his portrayal of Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd, a role he most recently portrayed at Manitoba Opera in Canada in 2016.

Mr. Hendrick sang with Rome Opera in the title role of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, conducted by Charles Dutoit; the title role in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Teatro Amazonas in Brazil, as Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and with Sarasota Opera in the U.S.

In Nancy, France he has performed as Paul in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with Opéra National de Lorraine à Nancy. At Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw he was heard as Midas in Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland under Edo de Waart and as the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito with the National Symphony Orchestra, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

His Czech repertoire includes Laca in Janáček’s Jenufa at the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga, Spain; with ABAO Opera at Palacio Euscalduna in Bilbao, Spain; and with Utah Opera and Sarasota Opera, and has portrayed Zhivny in Jánáček's Osud at New York's Bard Summerscape Festival. In Russian repertoire he has appeared as Count Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in New York, as Levko in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night at Sarasota Opera under Valery Rivkin and as Shuisky in Boris Godunow with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His Hungarian repertoire includes Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus with Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

In addition to his opera career, Michael Robert Hendrick is at home on concert stages. He has portayed Mahler's Das klagende Lied with the National Orchestra of Spain, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Michael Hendrick has appeared as tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse in France; Teatro Amazonas in Brazil, Brevard Music Festival, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic (U.S.), Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Amazonas Festival.


Update: Sept. 11, 2016

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