Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera; Director of Lyric Opera
- BMus, Western Carolina University, 2007
- MM, Florida State University, 2010
Baritone Mitchell Hutchings' most notable roles in opera and musical theatre include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Marcello in La bohѐme, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Germont in La traviata, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Ben in The Telephone, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Marullo in Rigoletto, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benoit & Alcindoro in La bohѐme, Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Sweeney Todd, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and Man #1 in Side by Side by Sondheim. He essayed the role of Timothy Cratchit in the world premiere of God Bless Us Every One, a Christmas opera by Thomas Pasatieri, at Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City. He can be heard as Soldier #1 in the world premiere recording of this work, published under Albany Records.
Professor Hutchings has performed with numerous companies and festivals including Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Saratoga, PORTopera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), the Czech-American Summer Music Institute (Czech Republic), and under the guidance of Sherrill Milnes at Opera Tampa’s V.O.I.C.Experience. He was recently announced as a 2013 national finalist for The American Prize in Voice - Opera Division, as well as a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.
Mr. Hutchings' students have performed with Chicago Summer Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Breve, Pensacola Opera, College Light Opera, the Franco-American Vocal Academy and the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy. Students of Mr. Hutchings have also won prizes at the district and regional levels at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions.
Degrees include a Master of Music in vocal performance from the College of Music at Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the School of Music at Western Carolina University. He makes his home in Houghton with his wife – and composer – Sarah Hutchings (http://www.sdhutchings.com/).