Biography

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Matthew Fried Photography

 
 

“Sonorous” (Opera News) American baritone, Harrison Hintzsche, is on the rise as an avid recitalist, concert singer, and ensemble musician. He has been praised for his warm lyric tone, musical subtlety, and dedication to text. 

In January 2018, Harrison made his international debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in a collaborative art song recital with pianist and scholar Graham Johnson as a part of Johnson's recital series, "Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs," and was noted by Opera Today for displaying a “strong sense of narrative” and “gentle poignancy” in his interpretations of Schubert’s work. He placed first in the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota's 2018 Voice Competition, and was the first-ever recipient of the William H. Halverson Award, presented by the Edvard Greig Society of America for an outstanding performance of Grieg’s music. Other honors include receiving Honorable Mention at the 2018 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, being a national anthem singer for Major League Soccer team Minnesota United FC, and singing the role of "The Archangel" in the premiere recording of Carol Barnett's Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum with conductor Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. 

This past season’s performance highlights include Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and J.S. Bach’s cantatas 13 and 156 with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, J.S. Bach’s cantatas 19 and 149 with Scott Allen Jarrett, an all-Nordic art song recital entitled “Echos of Nostalgia” with pianist Mary J. Trotter, excerpts of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin arranged for guitar and voice performed in Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), the role of “Pilgrim” in Vaughn Williams’ chamber opera The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, and the premiere performance of Pawel Łukaszewski’s oratorio Ascensio Domini with conductor David Hill.

A sought-after ensemble musician, Harrison has performed and soloed with a variety of vocal ensembles such as The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (Philip Brunelle, G. Phillip Shoultz, III.), The Minnesota Chorale (Kathy Salzman Romey), the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart JSB Ensemble (Kathy Salzman Romey, Hans-Christoph Rademann), Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling, and MPLS (imPulse) (Samuel Grace). 

Harrison attended St. Olaf College, graduating cum laude with a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 2016. At St. Olaf, he toured with the St. Olaf Choir (Dr. Anton Armstrong) and studied voice with Dr. Robert C. Smith. He also sang the roles of Sid (Albert Herring) and Maximilian (Candide) with the St. Olaf Lyric Theater and was a co-founder of the a cappella quartet Krossmen. Other educational credits include Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Bach Akademie Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina (Vocal Fellow), SongFest in Los Angeles (Colburn Fellow); and The Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy in Sankt Goar, Germany. Hintzsche has had the immense pleasure of working with several notable musicians such as Graham Johnson, Masaaki Suzuki, Sanford Sylvan, David Hill, Scott Allen Jarrett, Peter Oundjian, Martin Katz, Håkan Hagegård, Julius Drake, Arlene Shrut, François le Roux, Roger Vignoles, and Patricia Caicedo. 

Harrison is currently enrolled at Yale University, where he is pursuing an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He sings regularly with the Yale Voxtet and the Yale Schola Cantorum (David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki) and studies voice with tenor James Taylor. He is a native of DeKalb, Illinois.