Brandon Hendrickson has his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Louisiana State University. Brandon is an Iowa native hailing from Atlantic and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College, in Indianola, IA. Hendrickson has had the opportunity to sing a number of operatic roles in his career, which include Constantine in Pasatieri's The Seagul, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Cascada in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, El Dancairo in Bizet's Carmen, John Brook in Adamo's Little Women, Albert in Massenet's Werther, Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème, the Jailer in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. Just recently, Hendrickson advanced to the regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has previously participated in the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Program for three festival seasons, and recently made his mainstage debut as a principal artist with the company singing the role of Schaunard in La Bohème. Hendrickson was the bass soloist for the Baton Rouge Symphony performance of Faure's Requiem in the fall of 2006, and returned to the symphony in December of 2009 singing in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat. Brandon’s recent triumphs include debuts with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Sounds of South Dakota, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Pensacola Opera, Opéra Louisiane, and The Dallas Opera in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s great American Opera, Moby Dick. This fall he looks forward to singing the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Sounds of South Dakota, performing excerpts from The Barber of Seville with the South Dakota Symphony, as well as performing as the baritone soloist in Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Swiss Choral Society.
Voice, Opera, Lyric Diction, Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy
Opera, Concert, and Recital Performance.
- DMA, Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 2011
- Master of Music- MM, Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 2006
- Bachelor of Music Education- BME, Music Education, Simpson College, 2004
Awards and Honors:
- Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Louisiana State University, 2011
- Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Metropolitan Opera, 2011