Jordan Shanahan

Jordan Shanahan

Dramatic Baritone

Now appearing as Marcello in La Bohème at Konzert Theater Bern
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2018Verdi: Il TrovatoreConte di Luna
2018Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2018Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2018Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerDer Holländer
2018Strauss R.: SalomeJochanaan
2017Puccini: ToscaIl Barone Scarpia
2017Wagner R.: TannhäuserWolfram
2017Schreker: Die GezeichnetenCount Vitelozzo Tamare
2016Wagner: LohengrinHeerufer
2016Donizetti: Lucrezia BorgiaDon Apostolo Gazella
2015Verdi: RigolettoRigoletto
2015Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2015Wagner: LohengrinFriedrich Of Telramund
2015Donizetti: Lucrezia BorgiaDon Apostolo Gazella
2015Benjamin: Written on SkinThe Protector
2014Wagner R.: SiegfriedAlberich
2013Verdi: RequiemBass Soloist
2013Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)BARITONE SOLOIST
2013Korngold: Die Tote StadtFritz
2012Wagner R.: Das RheingoldAlberich
2011Heggie: Dead Man WalkingJoseph de Rocher
2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroFigaro
2000Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2000Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLord Enrico Ashton
2000Puccini: TurandotPing
2000Strauss J.: Die FledermausDr Falke
2000Wagner: LohengrinDer Heerrufer des Königs
2000Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenHarašta, the poacher
2000Mozart: Don GiovanniMasetto


Hawaiian baritone Jordan Shanahan has worked with many of the worlds leading opera companies and orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Netherlands Opera, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the Munich Philharmonic. With a repertoire that will reach 60 roles in the ’16-’17 season, he is equally at home singing the dramatic roles of Wagner or Strauss, the Italian masterpieces of Verdi or Puccini, the modern masterpieces being written today by the leading composers of our own time such as John Adams, George Benjamin and Jake Heggie, and even the baroque masterpieces of Handel or Cavalli.
Some notable successes of the past year have included winning the German division of the Meistersinger von Nürnberg competition, his debuts as the title role in Rigoletto, for which Mr. Shanahan was awarded the St. Louis Theater Circle’s 2015 award for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical”, with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Lucrezia Borgia, and as Telramund in Lohengrin, Scarpia in Tosca, and The Protector in Written on Skin. All of which were praised by the critics and consistently applauded by audiences. Other recent major successes have included Alberich in Des Ring des Niebelungen, Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Escamillo in Carmen, the role of Figaro in both Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro, and as a concert soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Fauré Requiem, and Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony. His 2006 recording of the title character in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso was nominated for a Grammy award.
During the 2016-2017 season Mr. Shanahan will add the roles of Wolfram in Tannhäuser to his repertoire in a production by Calixto Bieto at Konzert Theater Bern, and Iago in Otello with the Croatian National Opera, in addition to performances of Lohengrin and Tosca with Theater St. Gallen, and the Siegfried Alberich in Nürnberg. He will also join a project to record the operas of the under-appreciated early 20th century composer Othmar Schoeck under the direction of maestro Mario Venzago with concert performances and recordings of Vom Fischer und syne Fru and Das Schloss Durande.
Looking ahead to the '17-'18 season and beyond, Jordan has already agreed to productions in which he will be singing Tamaro in Die Gezeichneten, di Luna in Il Trovatore, Escamillo in Carmen, and Oreste in Elektra. 
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: La Forza Del Destino Don Carlo Di Vargas Immediately Oper Köln 2019
Wagner R.: Tannhäuser Wolfram Von Eschenbach 24 hours Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar 2019
Verdi: La Forza Del Destino Don Carlo Di Vargas Immediately Teatro Comunale di Modena 2019
Puccini: La Bohème Marcello Konzert Theater Bern 2019
Verdi: Il Trovatore Conte di Luna Immediately Konzert Theater Bern 2018


Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Deutsches Fach