Jordan Shanahan, Dr. Falke

Jordan Shanahan, Dr. Flake in Die Fledermaus

A recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at 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, Teatro di San Carlo Napoli, Opera Cleveland, Orlando Opera, Opera Memphis,and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Highlights of the 2011-12 season included a debut with the Teatro di San Carlo Napoli in the world premiere of Terra by Luca Francesconi, several productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role debut as Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s modern masterpiece Dead Man Walking and a return to the Green Mountain Festival as Marcello.

His repertoire includes more than forty roles that encompass a wide variety of musical styles, periods and vocal demands, from the baroque operas of Cavalli (La Calisto) to the world premieres of important new works (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, and Joe in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.

Awards he has won include 1st place prizes (or their equivalent) from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Loren Zachary Society, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Union League of Chicago.

Mr. Shanahan has enjoyed successful recitals in New York, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Portland Oregon, Seattle, and also in The Netherlands, Belgium and France. He has appeared as an orchestral soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

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 the Teatro di San Carlo production of Terra which was broadcast live internationally on the Italian RAI television network.

Mr. Shanahan was born and raised in Hawai’i. 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.