A recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hawaiian baritone Jordan Shanahan has attracted the attention of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has been cast in five productions including the roles of Kallenbach in Satyagraha by Philip Glass and Oppenheimer in Dr. Atomic by John Adams. Some of the other companies who have engaged his services include the Santa Fe Opera, the Netherlands Opera, Opera Cleveland, Orlando Opera, Opera Memphis and Teatro di San Carlo Napoli.
With a repertoire that includes over forty roles encompassing a wide variety of styles, periods and vocal demands, from the baroque operas of Cavalli and Handel to the world premieres of important new works (An American Tragedy, Terra). Other notable roles in his repertoire include Figaro in both Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Posa in Don Carlo, Robert Oppenheimer in Dr. Atomic, and Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
Highlights of 2012-13 include several new roles including Alberich in Das Rheingold, Belcore in l’elisir d’amore, Mozart’s Figaro, the Verdi Requiem, and The Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
His reputation has been furthered by consistent success in important competitions. Some of the many awards he has won include 1st place prizes (or their equivalent) from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Loren Zachary Society, the Irene Dalis Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Union League of Chicago among many others.
On the concert stage, Mr. Shanahan is in demand as a soloist with leading modern and baroque orchestras. Some recent appearances have included concerts with Musica Angelica, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also enjoyed success in recitals in New York, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Portland Oregon, Seattle, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Mr. Shanahan’s recent recordings include two CD’s of the music of Thomas Pasatieri; the title role the one act opera Signor Deluso on the Grammy nominated “Divas of a Certain Age”, and “Songbook” a collection of songs both available from Albany Records. He is also featured in the Netherlands Opera production of Don Carlo available on DVD from Opus Arte, and in the international video broadcast of Terra on the RAI network, which will soon be released on DVD.
Mr. Shanahan was born and raised in Hawai’i, where he appeared in plays and musicals with local companies and was principal trombonist with the Hawai’i Youth Symphony. He received a scholarship to the University of Hawai’i studying trombone and composition, where on the advice of his trombone teacher he began to study voice as a way of becoming a more well-rounded musician during his first year at UH. He was soon invited to join Hawai’i Opera Theatre, where he spent one season as a chorister and then was invited to join the Mae Zenke Orvis Opera Studio. In 1998, he matriculated at Temple University in Philadelphia singing five leading roles there over the next two years.