Gordon Hawkins is critically acclaimed throughout the world for his in-depth interpretations and luxuriant baritone voice. Most recent engagements include Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen at the San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Kaspar in Der Freischütz at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Telramund in Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at the New Orleans Opera; Crown in Porgy and Bess at Cincinnati Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Arizona Opera; and Amonasro in Aida at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
This season, he will perform the title role in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado; Scarpia in Tosca with Vancouver Opera; a return to Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville for Alberich in Götterdämmerung; the title role in Porgy and Bess with the Colorado Symphony and Syracuse Opera; Amonasro in Aida with the Atlanta Symphony; and in future seasons, returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florida Grand Opera and Washington National Opera.
Over the past few seasons, noted engagements have included Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride at the Metropolitan Opera; Alberich in Siegfried, the title role in Rigoletto, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Alberich in Das Rheingold, and Alberich in Götterdämmerung (in concert) with the Washington National Opera; the title role in Macbeth, Tonio in I Pagliacci, and Count di Luna in Il Trovatorewith the Seattle Opera; Alberich in Das Rheingold with the Los Angeles Opera; Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera with L’Opera de Montreal; Tonio in I Pagliacci with Atlanta Opera and Manitoba Opera; Rigoletto with Arizona Opera; Amonasro in Aida with Houston Grand Opera and Cincinnati Opera; the Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman in Tokyo; and Porgy in Porgy and Bess with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, and San Francisco Symphony.
In concert, Mr. Hawkins orchestral engagements include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with The Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center; the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s A Great Hope Fell with the EOS Orchestra of New York; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony; concert selections from American musicals with Welle WDR 4 in Cologne, Germany, and additional engagements with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Cincinnati Orchestra, the National Theatre Orchestra of Prague, and the Vienna Symphony. He also performed a gala concert for the Supreme Court Justices in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Hawkins has been heard on the Live BBC Radio broadcast as Alberich in Götterdämmerung with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and Live from the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts earlier in his career as Marcello in La Bohème with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni, and Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo. He can be heard as George Milton on the first recording of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with the Houston Grand Opera on Albany Records, and on the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts’ recording ofSimon Boccanegra in the title role.
Mr. Hawkins was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, and was awarded the Washington National Opera’s 2006 “Artist of the Year” award.