Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera; Director of Lyric Opera
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.
As a specialist of contemporary opera, Professor Hutchings 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. Other performances of new works have included the title role in Evan Mack’s Roscoe (libretto based on Pulitzer Prize winner, William Kennedy’s novel of the same title) with Opera Saratoga, and Biceps Guy in another Evan Mack opera Beach and Moan with Hartford Opera Theater. In 2015, Mr. Hutchings will assist in the creation of the role of Keith in Sarah Hutchings’ The Broken Land.
Professor Hutchings has performed as a soloist with numerous companies and festivals including Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Saratoga, Harford Opera Theater, PORTopera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, National Lyric Opera of New York, Rochester Oratorio Society, Tallahassee Community Chorus, 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 is the 2014 American Prize winner in Opera – Professional Division, as well as the 2014 Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award winner. In 2013, he was announced as a national finalist for The American Prize in Voice, as well as a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition and Mildred Miller Competition.
Under the guidance of Mr. Hutchings, the Houghton Lyric Theater has produced both opera and musical theatre works, including Houghton College’s first full-length, fully orchestrated, fully-staged opera in a foreign language (L’elisir d’amore) and Houghton College’s first world premiere workshop. 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 and multiple George London Competition winners.
Students of Professor Hutchings have performed with Chicago Summer Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Breve, Pensacola Opera, Emerald City Opera, College Light Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Finger Lakes 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. Many of the same students 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 is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in performance and literature with a cognate in voice pedagogy and pathology at the Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in Houghton with his wife – and composer – Sarah Hutchings (http://www.sdhutchings.com/).