Tenor Michael Hendrick has enjoyed success in a diverse range of operatic, symphonic and choral repertoire, something rare in today’s world of mostly specialized tenors, performing with leading opera companies and orchestras in Europe, North and South America, and Moscow.
In upcoming 2013 appearances, Mr. Hendrick appears in March with Sarasota Opera as Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd, followed by Samson et Dalila at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Italy in April. Mr. Hendrick will bow in May as the title role in Wagner's Parsifal at the Festival Amazonas de Opera in Manaus, Brazil. In Fall 2013, he will debut as the title in Wagner's Rienzi in Beijing and Shanghai, China; followed by appearances at the National Philharmonic (U.S.) for appearances in Janice Hamer's new opera, Lost Childhood, based on the memoir by Jehuda Nir.
Recent appearances by Mr. Hendrick include tenor soloist Mozart's Requiem with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; at Opéra National de Lorraine (Nancy, France) as Paul in Die Tote Stadt; and with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra (Mulhouse, France) as Siegmund in Act 1 of Die Walküre. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of the Tambour-Major in Berg's Wozzeck (James Levine, conductor) and as Chairman Mao in John Adams' Nixon in China, conducted by the composer.
Other recent engagements include Mahler's Das Klagende Lied with the National Orchestra of Spain (Madrid); Philadelphia Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski, conductor); Sergei in excerpts from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Nose with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor); and a return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra as The Stranger in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane.
Michael Hendrick made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 as Meneas in Strauss' Die Aegyptische Helena (Fabio Luisi, conductor), followed by a return to the MET as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. After successful appearances in Bilbao (Bizkaya, Spain) as Laca in Janá?ek's Jenufa, Mr. Hendrick returned to Bilbao to present the title role of Verdi’s Aroldo; he has appeared as Florestan in Fidelio with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Boston and as a guest artist at Ohio State University; and has performed the title role in Samson et Dalila at the Festival Amazonas de Ópera in Manaus, Brazil (Luiz Fernando Malheiro, conductor) and with Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Hendrick earned critical praise for his appearances as Don José in Carmen, with LIV Festival Ópera de a Coruña (Galicia, Spain), Palacio de Festivales in Santander (Cantabria, Spain), New York City Opera and Opera Pacific (U.S.); he has also appeared as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Munich's Bavarian Staatsoper, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, L'Opera de Montréal, and at the Teatro Amazonas at the Festival Amazonas de Ópera in Manaus, Brazil; as the title role in Parsifal, with Lyric Opera of Chicago; as Lennie Small in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Hendrick was named Washingon National Opera's 2001 Artist of the Year. He has also appeared as Lennie with Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera and Arizona Opera. At New York City Opera, in addition to his appearances as Don José, he has also bowed as the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia directed by Christopher Alden.
Mr. Hendrick has appeared at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as Midas in Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland (Edo de Waart, conductor), and at Washington’s Kennedy Center as the title role in La clemenza di Tito with the National Symphony Orchestra (Christopher Hogwood, conductor); His Czech repertoire includes appearances as Laca in Janacek’s Jenufa with Asociacion Bilbaina de Amigos de la Opera (ABAO OLBE) in Bizkaia, Spain (Jiri Kout, conductor, and David Pountney, director), at the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga, Spain, with Utah Opera and Sarasota Opera, and as Zhivny in Janacek's rare Osud, with Bard Summerscape Festival (U.S.), conducted by Leon Botstein. In Russian opera, he has appeared as Count Vodémon in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in New York, as Levko in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night with Sarasota Opera (Valery Rivkin, conductor) and as Shuisky in Boris Godunov with Milwaukee Symphony. His Hungarian repertoire includes Dvorak’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor).
Mr. Hendrick has performed as tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in Mulhouse, France, at the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and in New York City with ELO Orchestra, in a staged production by Christopher Alden. Audiences have enjoyed hearing Mr. Hendrick as tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the National Philharmonic (U.S.), Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and at the Amazonas Festival in Manaus, Brazil.