Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera; Director of Lyric Opera
Baritone Mitchell Hutchings (www.mitchellhutchingsbaritone.com) has been described as having “a beautiful instrument” (American Soprano, Renée Fleming) “that can do anything” (British Pianist, Graham Johnson). He has been heard throughout the United States and abroad from Carnegie Hall to the Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka.
Recent performances include the role of John Proctor in The Crucible with Hartford Opera Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Michele in Il tabarro with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Marcello in La bohème with Rochester Lyric Opera, and as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.
Upcoming performances include the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in La bohème with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and an art song recital in Lucca, Italy and in Zürich, Switzerland at the University of Zürich.
Concert credits include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Handel’s Messiah with the Chamber Music Society of Olean, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the National Sacred Honor Choir, and the Beethoven Mass in C with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Highlights on the stage include the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Ash Lawn Opera, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Pensacola Opera, Ben in The Telephone with Opera Saratoga, Marco in Gianni Schicchi with PORTopera, Marcello in La bohème with the National Lyric Opera of New York, Buff in Der Schauspieldirektor with the Rochester Lyric Opera, Father in Ragtime and Pete in Show Boat with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, and he was “exemplary” (Sylva Herald) in the title role in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Western Carolina University under the direction of Terrence Mann where “his range and presence commanded attention any time he was on stage” (Sylva Herald). Hutchings has been a young artist with Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, PORTopera, and Dicapo Opera Theatre.
In 2014, Mitchell Hutchings was the 1st Place winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Professional Opera Division and was the Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award winner where he was described as “a very expressive, solid baritone voice” (The American Prize). He has earned recognition in the American Prize, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Mildred Miller Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition.
Students of Prof. Hutchings have performed with Seagle Music Colony, Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Summer Opera, Curtis Summerfest, Triple Arts Broadway Summer Intensive, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Breve, Pensacola Opera, Emerald City Opera, College Light Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Finger Lakes Opera, Rochester Lyric Opera, the Franco-American Vocal Academy, the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy, and the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 2013, students of Prof. Hutchings have won many individual prizes in the Houghton College Concerto Competition, the classical voice and musical theatre categories at the district & regional levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Under the guidance of Prof. Hutchings, the Houghton Lyric Theater ensemble at Houghton College has produced both opera and musical theatre works. These works have included Houghton College’s first full opera in a foreign language (L’elisir d’amore) and Houghton College’s first world premiere (Rodman in North Korea) with 2014 George London winner countertenor Ray Chenez. Guest Artists and Master Class clinicians sponsored by the Houghton Lyric Theater have included such elite members of the professional singing community as singers from the Metropolitan Opera, multiple George London Competition winners, as well as artistic directors and conductors.
Mitchell Hutchings was born in Petoskey, Michigan and raised near Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University (2016 Young Alumnus Award), and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University (2015 Thirty Under 30 Distinguished Young Alumni award winner). He is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature with a minor in Voice Pedagogy and Pathology – Interdisciplinary from the renowned Eastman School of Music. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Houghton College where he is Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of Lyric Opera. He makes his home in Upstate New York with his spouse, accomplished composer and stage director, Dr. Sarah Hutchings (www.sarahhutchingscomposer.com).