Blaine Hendsbee

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A tenor, Blaine Hendsbee has sung often with virtually every opera company in Canada and has a repertoire of more than 60 roles, which span the entire operatic repertoire. He is as much sought after as an interpreter of 20th century operas as he is for his sharply etched portrayals of the great character tenor roles in the standard operatic literature. His American operatic debut came as Little Bat in Susannah (Floyd) for Berkshire Opera, and was quickly followed by memorable performances as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) at New York City's Lincoln Center, in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) at Avery Fischer Hall, Turandot (Puccini) with Cincinnati Opera, The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) for Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, Die Buergschaft (Kurt Weill) in Pittsburgh and several New York City premieres with The Center for Contemporary Opera. Recent Canadian performances include the title role in a concert version of The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), the world premier of Erewhon (Applebaum) for Pacific Opera Victoria, The Magic Flute (Mozart) at the National Arts Centre, and The Emperor of Atlantis (Ullmann), which toured the Maritime provinces conducted by the late Maestro Georg Tintner.

Hendsbee's video credits include The Making of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio (BRAVO), a film version of Bach's Coffee Cantata entitled More Than a Thousand Kisses (Prometheus Productions), and a new media video production of The Bald Soprano (PBS). His performances are often heard on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

He is also a regular guest soloist with symphony orchestras from coast to coast. Mainstays of his oratorio repertoire include the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Haydn's The Creation and The Seasons, and the fiendish Carmina Burmina (Orff). Hendsbee also enjoys exploring the vast amount of art song repertoire ideally tailored to his lyric tenor voice, keen musicianship, and expressive performance style, and he is heard regularly in Art Song Recitals at the University of Lethbridge.