Hans Tashjian, bass-baritone
Hans Tashjian, a young bass described as having "a firm, resonant instrument and a gravid stage presence", continues to expand his repertoire with opera companies throughout the country. In the autumn of 2017, Mr. Tashjian makes his role debut as Melchtal in Guillaume Tell with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Southwest.
During the 2016–2017 season, Mr. Tashjian joined St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) to cover Ferrando in Il trovatore and to perform Luther and Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann, and returned to Sarasota Opera to perform the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and both the 2nd Commissioner and 1st Officer in Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as cover the principal role of Mustafà in the company premiere of L'italiana in Algeri. He also developed and performed the role of Donald in the New York workshop of Julian Grant and Mark Campbell's The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, a new opera which will serve as a collaborative effort between Boston Lyric Opera and Music Theatre Group.
Mr. Tashjian has also recently appeared as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata and the title role of The Mikado with Chautauqua Opera, Second Prisoner in Fidelio and Second Boyar in The Golden Cockerel with Sarasota Opera, as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Opera Studio, and as Biterolf in Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera. As a Young Artist with the Caramoor Music Festival, Mr. Tashjian performed Gazella in Lucrezia Borgia and the Usciere in Rigoletto. Further operatic credits include the Verdian roles of Banco in Macbeth and Wurm in Luisa Miller, the Strauss roles of Baron Ochs in Chautauqua Music Festival's production of Der Rosenkavalier and Truffaldin in dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's Ariadne auf Naxos, Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, also with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Méphistophélès in Faust, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, and King René in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.
A frequent concert soloist, Mr. Tashjian has appeared as featured soloist with the Chelsea Symphony, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Bach Chorus of Pittsburgh, the Bach Music Festival of Canada, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of NYC, in concert at New York University's La Maison Française, and as basso profondo and soloist with the New Jersey Conservatory's performance of the Rachmaninoff Vespers. In the spring of 2017 he performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City at the Recital Hall of SUNY Purchase under the baton of Justin Bischof.
Mr. Tashjian is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Derdeyne Award in Voice. He has fulfilled young artist residencies with Sarasota Opera (where he was awarded the Scheininger-Reznick Scholarship and the 2017 Outstanding Returning Studio Artist Award), Chautauqua Opera, and the Caramoor Music Festival.