Noted Bass to Give Guest Voice Recital
October 3, 2002Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will welcome world renowned bass-baritone George Hogan, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. Hogan has performed in nearly every opera house in America, in all of the opera houses in Canada and in several opera houses throughout Europe. He made a prestigious debut with the Australian Opera House in Sydney, Australia, as Lord Cecil in "Maria Stuarda" under the baton of Richard Bonynge. Hogan made his New York Alice Tully Hall debut in the PBS-televised "Rossini Gala" with Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, and others. He has been heard on NPR Radio broadcasts and "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcasts. The versatility of Hogan's voice encompasses virtually every musical style from Podesta in Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra," which was his acclaimed Town Hall Debut in New York City, to his Philadelphia debut as Sparafucile in "Rigoletto." He is equally at home on the Broadway stage as Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha." He currently is the resident vocal artist and instructor of voice and church music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Hogan also serves as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Temple, Texas. He has taught voice and opera theatre at Oral Roberts University and French and German diction at Texas Christian University. He also has managed several private voice studios across the country. Hogan began his opera career at age 19 with a performance as Theseus in a PBS filming of "A Midsummer Nights Dream." He received a Sullivan Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation and was an international finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition. Hogan also won first prize in the New York City San Francisco Opera Auditions and won the Arturo Giargiari Bel-Canto Voice Competition. He was a grand finals winner at the San Francisco Merola Opera Program After winning the Merola Finals in New York City, the company brought him to San Francisco to perform Leporello in "Don Giovanni." He has since performed Leporello more than one hundred times. The highlight of those performances was a production at Houston Grand Opera with Rene Flemming as Donna Elvira, and Thomas Allen opposite him as Don Giovanni, with Christoph Eschenbach conducting. A native of Abilene, Texas, Hogan received a bachelor's degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a performance certificate in opera from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Pennsylvania. He began studying in 1986 with the famed Metropolitan Opera Bass, Giorgio Tozzi, distinguished professor of voice at Indiana University, made possible through a grant by the San Francisco Opera. He currently is finishing a master's degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A reception will follow the recital in the university's Helen Thames Raley Drawing Room. For more information about the performance, contact OBU's College of Fine Arts at (405) 878-2305 or visit www2.okbu.edu.