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Serbian barihunk Ivan Orešcanin is new to this site and he opens tonight as Graf Danilo Danilowitsch in Franz Lehár's Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) at Opera Graz. He has sung the role of Count Danilo before in Graz, as well as on a tour in Switzerland with the Orchestre Symphonique Neuchâtelois.

Orešcanin was born in Belgrade, where he began his vocal studies before moving on to the University of Music and Theater in Munich. He won the first Prize at the National Competition of Serbia in 2000, was a finalist at the International Singing Competition "Debus in Merano" in 2004, and he won the Kulturkontaktpreis at Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna in 2007.


He has been an ensemble member at Opera Graz since 2006, where he as performed in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, La finta giardiniera and Die Zauberlöte, Handel's Alcina, and numerous operetta roles including Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Offenbach's La belle Hélène. As a guest singer, he has appeared in Augsburg, Würzburg, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Ingolstadt, the opera festival in St. Margareten in Austria, and the Chiemgau Music Festival in Germany.

Tickets for Die lustige Witwe are available online and performances run through February 25th.  Orešcanin will also be singing Fritz in Korngold's Die tote Stadt with the company during this period.


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John Brancy flexing his vocal chops and his barihunk guns
American barihunk John Brancy has two fascinating recitals coming up before the end of the year.

On November 11, he'll join the gifted young soprano Janai Brugger at the New York Festival of Song for "Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud's Vienna"  at the Merkin Concert Hall. NYFOS, Tuesday November 11th,  2014, 8pm  Merkin Concert Hall. The concert features music by Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, and others.

The program will explore German lieder in the early years of the 20th century as it took on a new psychological and musical complexity. The duo will be joined at the piano by Michael Barrett and the always entertaining Steven Blier.

Visit the NYFOS website for ticket information.

On December 10th, Brancy will return to Vocal Arts DC for a recital honoring the centenary of World War I. The concert is titled "Silent Night: A World War I Centenary Tribute in Song" and features songs from England, Germany, Austria, France & America. He'll be joined by Peter Dugan at the piano. The program includes music by Butterworth, Gurney, Orff, Alma Mahler, Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, Ives and renditions of "My Buddy" and "Danny Boy"

The gifted young singer, was the winner of both the Sullivan Foundation and Marilyn Horne Song Competitions before graduating from Juilliard. Brancy has also already made solo recital debuts at both Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and has appeared in opera in Paris, Dresden, and Frankfurt.

Tickets are available online.


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 THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED BY THE CALGARY OPERA:

Vasil Garvanliev
Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t want to alarm you, but we have some deliciously shocking news from the cast of Silent Night. You might not be aware, but there is famous BARIHUNK amongst our cast! Vasil Garvanliev is known for many notable attributes, he was a child star in his home country, Macedonia, a talented opera baritone and a hunk-tastic image that is easy on the eyes who has attracted the attention of opera fans far and wide since a risqué photo was captured with Opera Atelier in 2012.
Vasil Garvanliev
When first confronted with his Barihunk status, Vasil said he was confused and flattered. “A picture of me during my performance where I was topless all of a sudden was posted online and boom! It went everywhere, I was shocked and flattered.”

We spoke with Vasil about the reactions his fellow cast members have, and true to form, the rehearsal hall mirrors the locker room, with a lot of poking fun.

“People make fun of me, they yell 'Take your shirt off!' It’s just a joke. I’m the young guy on stage with this group of baritones, so that’s my role.”

Vasil Garvanliev
What can Barihunk fans look forward to most about Vasil’s character in Silent Night? “I’m the comic relief that is also going to break your heart in this story.” Vasil said. “This is my third time performing in Calgary. I consider this city home as I studied with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program here. I always love coming back and performing for the Calgary audience.”

Look for Vasil as a hunky French man in uniform in the upcoming Canadian Premiere of Silent Night. Tickets are available Nov. 8, 12 & 14 by going online at www.calgaryopera.com or calling the box office at 403.262.7286
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Daniel Okulitch as Lt. Horstmayer
We should also mention that the opera features another popular barihunk, Daniel Okulitch, who portrays Lt. Horstmayer. 
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Evan Hughes
Barihunks Aubrey Allicock and Evan Hughes are among 16 young musicians up for a $100,000 cash prize from Warner Music to be given annually to a promising musician between the age of 18 - 35. The Warner Music Prize was created to bolster rising musicians with notable talents or achievements.

This year's inaugural award will be presented to an artist presented by Carnegie Hall who has shown exemplary musicianship in their solo roles throughout the 2014-2015 concert season.

The winner will be announced in the Spring of 2015, after the candidates have been thoroughly evaluated by a juror panel comprised of accomplished classical musicians and key industry leaders. In addition to the cash prize, the winner of the 2015 Warner Music Prize will be showcased at the Warner Music Prize Gala on October 27, 2015 at Carnegie Hall. Money raised at the gala will benefit the Harmony Program and the Weill Music Institute, both of which aim to provide music education to underserved demographics.


Aubrey Allicock
Musicians under consideration will perform at Carnegie-Hall, with Aubrey Allicock scheduled for December 4th and Evan Hughes for March 8th. Other artists under consideration are sopranos Sarah Shafer and Jennifer Zetlan; mezzo-sopranos Jamie Barton, Rachel Calloway, Cecelia Hall, Alisa Kolosova, and Peabody Southwell; tenor Dominic Armstrong; violinists Augustin Hadelich and Itamar Zorman; cellist Brook Speltz; double bassist Roman Patkoló; harpist Sivan Magen; and pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

Allicock just made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mamoud in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer starring fellow barihunk Paulo Szot. Performances run through November 15th and tickets are available online.

Evan Hughes is on the roster of the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. His roles this season include Zoroastro in Handel's Orlando and Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Don Basilio in Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia, Pietro in Verdi's in Simon Boccanegra, Colline in Puccini's La bohème and Emma Becker in Peter Ronnefeld’s Nachtausgabe.

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You can catch two of operas hottest barihunks in a live broadcast of Emmanuel Chabrier's L’étoile (“The star”) from the Dutch National Opera until April 29, 2015.  Jérôme Varnier sings Siroco and  Elliot Madore sings Hérisson de Porc-Épic. You won't want to miss Varnier's duet with the king (Christophe Mortagne) praising the comforting effects of green Chartreuse.

Chabrier's opéra bouffe is beginning to be performed with greater regularity, having recently been staged in Augsburg, Frankfurt, Montpellier and Nancy.  The Dutch National Opera production, directed by Laurent Pelly, plays up the librettos mix of the surrealism, farce and poetry. 

The comic plot and the main characters’ belief that the stars control their destiny make L’étoile one of the most entertaining works in the genre.  You can click HERE to watch the broadcast.


You can next catch Elliot Madore on January 16th as Adario in Rameau's Les Indes galantes with Les Arts Florissants in Paris. He returns to the U.S. on March 15th for a recital with the Cleveland Art Song Festival.

You can catch Jérôme Varnier along with fellow barihunk Stéphane Degout on November 27th in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Tickets are available online.


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Seph Stanek in Ruddigore (right)
If you want to start off November on the right foot, head over to New York University where barihunk Seph Stanek is appearing in Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore. There will be three performances this weekend at the Skirball Center for the Peforming Arts featuring the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (matinee and evening on Saturday, and matinee on Sunday).

Stanek made his debut with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in 2012 as the Headsman in The Yeomen of the Guard, and subsequently appeared in The Mikado with the company.


Trained as an operatic baritone, Stanek appeared in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, but has since focused his career in musicals and television. He appeared off-Broadway in Naked Boys Singing!, Little House on the Ferry and 8Minute Musicals; as well as HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Mildred Pierce.

Tickets for Ruddigore are available online.


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Ildar Abdrazakov
Ildar Abdrazakov, who you can see in the Live in HD broadcast of Bizet's Carmen tomorrow, will be making his American solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on Jan 29th. Joined by pianist Mzia Bakhtouridze, the Russian bass-barihunk will sing a program that includes Fauré, Liszt, Ravel, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky. Tickets are available online.

On February 5th, he'll give his second U.S. recital at Florida’s Palm Beach Opera in a gala event titled “Seduction of the Senses: A Gala Evening with Ildar Abdrazakov.” The event is co-hosted by Donald Trump and tickets are limited. Email Lisa at lhuertas@pbopera.org for more information.

Fans in Europe can catch him in Rossini's Moïse et Pharaon at the Marseille Opera from November 8-16.

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Barihunks Chris Herbert and Wes Mason, will be part of "AIDS Quilt Songbook @22, " a concert and fundraiser for Bailey House, a not for profit organization providing housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The concert is on November 14th at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City.
The performance marks the 22nd anniversary concert of the AIDS Quilt Songbook, which premiered in 1992 in Alice Tully Hall by baritones William Parker, Kurt Ollmann, William Sharp, and Sanford Sylvan. Parker died a year later of AIDS. Sharp teaches at Peabody and Ollman at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Tickets are $10 and free with a student ID.
The concert is co-curated by Thomas Bagwell, the artistic director of the 20th AIDS Quilt Songbook at Cooper Union and assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Gordon Beeferman, composer of "The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera". The duo also co-curated an AIDS Quilt Songbook in Philadelphia last year at the William Way Community Center. They'll be joined by Michael Djupstrom and John Musto at the piano.
Kurt Ollman sings Ricky Ian Gordon's "I Never Knew":
Other singers included sopranos Anne-Carolyn Bird, Amy Burton, Lorinda Lisitza, Gilda Lyons, and Elizabeth Weigle; mezzo-sopranos Abby Fischer and Heather Johnson; contralto Nicole Mitchell; and, hunkentenor Michael Slattery

The concert will include works by Gordon Beeferman, Michael Djupstrom, Rachel Peters, and Kamala Sankaram, Andrea Clearfield, Herschel Garfein, Fred Hersch, Gilda Lyons, John Musto, Jack Perla, and Donald Wheelock. The program will feature songs all directly related to HIV/AIDS and will cover such topics as the realities of being HIV+ in the dating world, prevention education for sex workers, the joys of the condom, and a biting satire on the tearing of St. Vincent's hospital, the epicenter of the epidemic in New York.
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Keith Miller (left) and Ildar Abdrazakov

Two of opera's hottest barihunks, Ildar Abdrazakov and Keith Miller will be in Live in HD broadcast of Bizet's Carmen from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, November 1st at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST. Abdrazakov will sing the bullfighter Escamillo and Miller will sing Lieutenant Zuniga.

Richard Eyre’s production will feature mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the soldier Don José. 

There will be ab encore performances in the U.S. on Wednesday, November 5th and in Canada on November 29 and 30, and December 8th. Visit the Met website for tickets and a listing of theaters near you. 

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French baritone l'Oiseleur des Longchamps
When we released this year's Barihunks calendar, we were instantly bombarded with questions about French baritone l'Oiseleur des Longchamps. His provocative image caught the eye of a number of readers, who asked about his name and amazing body (which he shows off liberally!).

Longchamps is a multifaceted artist, who has a love for photography and being photographed, as well as music and theater. He's also quite the hippophile (or lover of horses) and he's put together a fascinating concert dedicated to his favorite animal called 'Les chevauchées Lyriques" (Lyric rides). The songs are part of his album of the same name.

Included will be Alagna's "Cantu pi’ n’ cavaddu bravu," Chausson's "Le Chevalier Malheur," Chopin's "Le guerrier," Debussy's "La Belle au bois dormant" and many more.      

The concert is on November 22nd at Les salons de la Mèlodie in Brussels. For additional information or to reserve seats, visit the website or send an email to info@lessalonsdelamelodie.com.


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