John as a conductor
With more than thirty leading opera roles in his singing repertoire, tenor Jonathan Hodel has begun to delight audiences as conductor. In 2015, Mr. Hodel conducted The Mikado with Empire Lyric Players in Denver, Colorado. For 2007 and 2008, he was the Associate Music Director of Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, North Carolina. He has appeared with Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera San Jose and Indiana University School of Music, conducting such diverse repertoire as Rossini's Barber of Seville, Verdi's La Traviata, Mozart's Don Giovianni, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Carlisle Floyde's Susannah, Haydn's L'isola Disabitata and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Mr. Hodel is curently on faculty at Frostburg State University and is director of the FSU Opera Workshop. Between 1999 and 2003, he was the assistant director of San Jose State University's Opera Workshop. Mr. Hodel studied conducting under Imre Pallo at Indiana University and William Hatcher at The University of Iowa.
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, including 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 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 trovatore with 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.
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