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 other engagements at the MET including the title role of Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, as Chairman Mao in Nixon in China by John Adams and as the Drum Major in Wozzeck by Alban Berg.

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 Winnipeg, Canada in 2016. Later in 2016 he debuted at Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia as Waldemar in Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder with Croatian National Opera and Croatian Radio-Television Orchestra, broadcast live in HD throughout Croatia, and in 2017 returned to Croatian National Theater in Zagreb as the Prince in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, sung in Croatian with an all-Croatian cast. In the current 2018 year he returned yet again to Zagreb to portray Georg in the original version of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.

Mr. Hendrick sang with Rome Opera in Rome, Italy 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 directed by Sergio Vela, 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.

His repertoire includes the title role in Lohengrin at Kolobov Novaya Theater in Moscow, Russia conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig, as Don José in Carmen at New York City Opera and in La Coruña, Spain and Santander, Spain; as Canio in Pagliacci at Sarasota Opera conducted by Victor de Renzi, as Florestan in Fidelio with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Boston and Sarasota Opera, as Herodes in Salome with Oper Wuppertal in Wuppertal, Germany, as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Opera de Montréal; and as Midas in Die Liebe der Danae with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, performed at the Concertgebow in Amsterdam, conducted by Edo de Waart.
Mr. Hendrick has performed as Paul in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, France, as the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

His Czech repertoire includes Laca in Janáček’s Jenufa at the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga, Spain, with ABAO Opera at the Palacio Euscalduna in Bilbao, Spain, and with Utah Opera and Sarasota Opera; and Mr. Hendrick has portrayed the role of the composer Živny in Jánáček’s Osud (Fate), in addition to his Glagolitic Mass, both at the Bard Summerscape and Music Festival in upstate New York.

In Russian repertoire he has appeared as Count Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in New York City, 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.

In addition to his opera career, Michael Robert Hendrick is at home on concert stages. His Hungarian repertoire includes Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus with Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He has portayed Mahler's Das klagende Lied with the National Orchestra of Spain, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. 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 in North Carolina, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic in Bethesda, Maryland, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Amazonas Festival in Manaus, Brazil.


Update: April 28, 2018