A Tenor's Legacy
A native of Denver, Colorado, tenor Jonathan Hodel has appeared in opera, concert and oratorio in the United States and Europe. In recent seasons, Mr. Hodel has been moving into more dramatic repertoire. This past fall, Jonathan sang the title role in Siegfried, the third opera in Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen, with Valhalla Productions. Past roles include, Hoffmann in Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Ricardo in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera and in a double bill, Luigi in Puccini's Il Tabarro and Canio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci with Houston's Opera in the Heights. On the lighter side, he returned to Houston with only two days notice to fill in for another tenor in the role of Eisenstein in Johann Strauss Jr.'s, operetta, Die Fledermaus.
Past season's repertoire includes Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème with the Heschise-Stattstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, Asheville Lyric Opera and St. Petersburg Opera, Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatorewith the Compagnia d'opera italiana di Milano international opera tour and Monterey Symphony, Pollione in Bellini's Norma with South Florida Opera, Radames in Verdi's Aïda with Opera Fort Collins, Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Asheville Lyric Opera and the Mansfield Symphony, Judge Danforth in Ward's The Crucible with Opera San Jose, Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen with Asheville Lyric Opera, and the Duca Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto with Bayshore Lyric Opera.
In his four year residency with Opera San José, Mr. Hodel was seen in many roles, including Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore, the title role in Gounod's Faust, Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Alfredo Verdi's La Traviata and Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen. While a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Center, he performed the role of Rinuccio in the world premier of Buoso's Ghost. At Indiana University, he sang many leading roles including Count Almaviva in the third production ever of Corgliano's modern masterpiece, The Ghosts of Versailles.
As soloist, Mr. Hodel has performed Mendelssohn's Lobgesang and Verdi's Requiem with the Württenbergishe Philharmonie, Reutlingen, Germany, Verdi's Requiem with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento Choral Society and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Boulder Philharmonic. Other concert works include Bach's Mattheus Passion, Johannes Passion and Weihnachts Oratorium, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Berlioz's Te Deum, Britten's St. Nicolas, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Rachmaninov's The Bells.
Mr. Hodel's solo concerts have included Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and Liszt's Tre Sonetti di Petrarca.