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British barihunk Harry Thatcher
Reader Submission Harry Thatcher is a British baritone based in London. He is a Betty Brenner Scholar at The Royal College of Music. He is currently performing at the Grange Park Opera, where he is singing Bello in Puccini's La Facciulla del West and the Flemish Deputy in Verdi's Don Carlo. On June 7th, he'll also be giving a recital at the The Royal College of Music, performing music by Rossini, Schubert, Britten and Bolcom.

On the concert platform Harry has performed with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. He has sung the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and various Bach Cantatas.    

Operatic roles for The Royal College of Music International Opera School include the High Priest in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Florian in Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida and Frank in Johann Strauss' Die Flederamaus . Harry has covered the role of Death in Holst's Savitri for British Youth Opera

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Vartan Gabrielan, Jonathan Beyer and Corey Crider (L-R)
The barihunk trio of Corey Crider, Jonathan Beyer and Vartan Gabrielan will be in the cast of Richard Strauss' Salome with will be broadcast live over the internet. You can watch it on Livestream from Orchestra Hall in Detroit at 3 PM EST/Noon PST. The cast of the concert version of Salome also includes the remarkable Lise Lindstrom in the title role, Chris Merritt as Herod and Jane Henschel as Herodias.

Jonathan Beyer can next be seen at the Castleton Festival where he will sing the Count in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro from July 2-10. He'll be joined onstage by his real life husband Brandon Cedel as Figaro.

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Antonio Di Matteo
Bass-barihunk Antonio Di Matteo will sing in the first modern staging of Saverio Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini at the 42nd Festival della Valle d'Itria under the guidance of music director Fabio  Luisi. The modern world premiere, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi,  will be on July 30, 2016 with performances running through August 4. The opera was scheduled to be premiered at the Wexford Festival in 2012, but it was scrapped due to the difficulty of musically reconstructing the piece.

The opera's libretto was written by Felice Romani and was intended to be premiered in Madrid in 1831, but the theater burned down and it's unclear if it was ever performed or if the score was even published.

Antonio di Matteo sings Vecchia Zimarra from Puccini's La bohème:
Other composers have tackled the story of Francesca di Rimini, who was a historical contemporary of Dante Alighieri, who portrayed her as a character in the Divine Comedy. Riccardo Zandonai composed a four act opera that has proven to be a diva vehicle for such great sopranos as Magda Olivero, Renata Scotto and  Eva-Maria Westbroek. Rachmaninov also wrote a shorter version with a libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky written with a prologue, two tableaux and an epilogue.

In November, Di Matteo can be seen as Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He then heads to the Bavarian State Opera to sing Alcindoro in Puccini's La bohème with fellow barihunk Michael Nagy as Marcello.

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Barihunk Duncan Rock
Duncan Rock will be returning to the Glyndebourne Festival this Summer and Fall, where he previously scored a career-changing success as Tarquinius in Fiona Shaw's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.      

From August 11-28, he'll perform the role of Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with an all-star cast that includes Tim Mead as Oberon, Elizabeth DeShong as Hermia and Kate Royal as Helena. From October 15 to December 9, he travels around the U.K. with Glyndebourne on Tour portraying the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with fellow barihunk Brandon Cedel as his sidekick Leporello.

On Wednesday, June 1st he'll be performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the spirited conducting of Nic McGegan. The program includes songs by Thomas Arne, Ralph Vaughan Williams' In Windsor Forest , highlights from Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, highlights from Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen and the duet from Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict. He'll be joined by soprano Fflur Wyn, tenor Andrew Henley and mezzo Sandra Piques Eddy.

Barihunk afficionados won't want to miss him as Donald in Deborah Warner's new production of Britten's Billy Budd at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where he will be joined by barihunks Jacques Imbrailo in the title role, Borja Quiza as Novice's Friend and Thomas Oliemans as Mr. Redburn.

He is also slated to make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in an upcoming season as Schaunard in Puccini's La bohème.

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Sam Duffield
We saw this sexy picture of British barihunk Sam Duffield on Twitter (@Samuel_Duffield) and realized that we had to introduce him to the world. The North Yorkshire native is currently in his second year of study as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music.  

He was a member of Leeds Youth Opera for two years before accepting his place at conservatoire, where he made his debut as Martin in Bernstein's Candide. He went on to play Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the latter of which the Leeds Civic Arts Guild nominated him for ‘Best Male Performer.’ At the Welsh National Youth roles included Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Anaeas.     

In October 2015, he represented the Royal College of Music at the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Awards.     Duffield has performed solo recitals and concerts around Yorkshire as well as oratorio and sacred works. Highlights have included Vivaldi's Magnificat and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb at Ripon Cathedral.     

In the summer of 2014 he co-founded the student led company Bitesize Opera. The company is run by young professionals and aims to provide opportunities to singers who are currently studying at conservatoire or are on the threshold of their careers. Most recent performances include a series of Mozart opera scenes where Duffield's roles were the title role of Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Nardo in La finta giardiniera.    

Duffield is also a gifted sketch artist and you can view his work online

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Edward II and Michael Nagy
Barihunk Michael Nagy will play the title role in Swiss composer Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini  new opera about Edward II. The piece will be performed from February 19-March 9 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with hunkentenor Ladislav Elgr singing the role of his alleged lover Piers de Gaveston.

The libretto by Thomas Jonigk focuses entirely on the role of the outsider Edward II and looks at society’s attitude towards homosexuals both then and now. Whether the close bond between Edward and Gaveston in the early 14th century was sexual in nature remains a contested issue, but among art circles Edward II has long been an icon of the gay movement. Gaveston was decapitated for being gay and King Edward II was executed in 1327 by having a red hot roasting spit shoved into his anus.

The subject matter inspired Christopher Marlowe’s bloody 1593 play about the self-assertive strivings of the hapless English king, the 1923 version by Bertolt Brecht of the same name and Derek Jarman’s 1992 famous film adaptation “Edward II.” 

Scartazzini most recent operatic work was The Sandman, which premiered in 2012 at the Theater Basel with Christof Loy directing. Tickets for Edward II are on sale now online.

Nagy can next be heard on June 9 and 10 at the Gewandhaus in Leipzing performing Bach's St Matthew Passion with Peter Mattei and Ann Hallenberg. On June 19 and 20, he joins tenor Klaus Florian Vogt for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Munich Philharmonic. 

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Gabriel Di Gennaro (Photos: Kirsten Miccoli and Elliot Mandel)
It's rare that we get a barihunk submission for singers appearing in the same show, especially singing the same role. But that's what happened just two days apart when readers submitted both Alessio Tranchell and Gabriel Di Gennaro who are rotating the role of Mr. Gedge in Britten's Albert Herring with the Chicago Summer Opera on June 16 and 19.

Gabriel Di Gennaro is returning to the opera Albert Herring, in which he previously sang the bass role of Superintendent Budd with the University of Delaware Opera Theatre. Recently, Chicago audiences have seen Di Gennaro as Florian in Princess Ida with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Schaunard in Puccini's La bohème with Opera Ouvert, and Antonio in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with /kor/ productions.

He has been a  young artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, where he covered the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, and OperaWorks. A collaboration with the VOX 3 Collective has added two unique experiences to his résumé: Golaud in a lecture recital of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande presented by Richard Stilwell, and The Dance Master/Mars in the Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade. He has performed the world premiere of Scott Wasserman's song cycle Even for Wars and his The Giving Tree. both by composer Scott Wasserman.

Alessio Tranchell
Alessio Tranchell started his singing career performing with pop punk bands before embarking on a classically trained career as a choral conductor and baritone. He has a BA in Voice from Gordon College and is getting his MM in Voice and Conducting from Houghton College.

This summer he joined the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia as Orlik in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa. At Houghton Lyric Theater he has sung Belcore in Donizetti's L’Elisir D’Amore, M. Reyer in The Phantom of the Opera and the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Tranchell joined Finger Lakes Opera (NY) in the summer of 2015 as a Young Artist performing in L’Elisir D’Amore. He recently conducted the premiere recording of Sarah Hutchings’ opera Rodman in North Korea, which was a finalist for the American Prize in Opera Composition.

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Kim Hankyol and Tobias Greengalgh
Barihunks Kim Hankyol and Tobias Greengalgh took top honors at the 2016 International Competition for 'Zandonai Young Opera Singers on Saturday, May 28th. Second Prize was awarded to Italian soprano Selene Zanetti and Japanese tenor Naoki Miyasato content. Third Prize went to Korean tenor Kim Keonwoo and Italian soprano Clarissa Costanzo.

Tobias Greenhalgh sings "O Carlo Ascolta" from Verdi's Don Carlo:
Greenhalgh actually walked away with six prizes for the night, including role prizes at the Tiroler Festspiele ERL, Theatro Sao Pedro- Sao Paolo, and the National Opera Ukraine, the Musica Riva Festival Prize, and the Premio Opera World Prize. 

Greenhalgh is currently singing the role of Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel at the Wiener Kammeroper.

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Randal Turner: The original "Barihunk in Bed"
Zürich-based barihunk Randal Turner, is returning to his native Indiana for two shows. The first is an intimate concert at the Waynetown Baptist Church with accompanist Karen Wilkinson. The concert is near the farm with Turner grew up before heading off to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and eventually the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera. The performance is on Sunday, May 29th at 10:30 AM.
Turner is back home to perform the role of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen with the Indianapolis Symphony. Turner first performed the role in Sassari in Sardinia in 2002, and has subsequently sung it in Linz, Austria and Luzern, Switzerland. He will be joined by the Latvian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova as Carmen and tenor Evan Bowers as Don José. Performances are on June 10 and June 12 and tickets are available online. 
Randal Turner and Enrique Ambrosio perform "Je suis Escamillo" from Carmen:
Turner has appeared numerous times in our Barihunks charity calendar and was the beneficiary of the proceeds being used to help fund his CD of Living American Composers, which includes music by Jake Heggie, Clint Borzoni, Ricky Ian Gordon, Glen Roven and Julia Schwartz. He was also the original "Barihunk in Bed," which is our calendar theme this year. Singers who want to submit pictures for this year's calendar should send them to Barihunks@gmail.com.

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Jesse Enderle
Barihunk Jesse  Enderle will be singing the title role in Undercroft Opera's Don Giovanni where artistic director Mary Beth Sederburg explores the similarities between the Mozart classic and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Her team created an all-new libretto,  English language libretto where the nobleman preys on brides-to-be.

Performances are on May 28 at 8 p.m. and May 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets and additional cast information is available online.

Undercroft Opera is a Pittsburgh-based company that creates a community for singers and orchestral musicians by offering performance experience to emerging and seasoned local artists. Since their founding in 2006, they have performed Cosi fan tutte, La boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro, La traviata, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, The MediumL’elisir d’amore, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and a concert version of Don Carlo.

Jesse Enderle is a two-time regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Council Auditions in Wisconsin. He has performed with the Fort Worth Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Theater Summerfest, Florentine Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera and the Arbor Opera Theatre.

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