Eric Hanson

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Eric Hanson, Graz 2007
Eric Hanson graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. While at BYU, he sang the roles of Eisenstein in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermau, Frederick in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Marco in The Gondoliers. He also created the lead tenor role of Oliver Cowdery in the world premiere of Murray Boren’s opera The Book of Gold. His university studies culminated in being named “Singer of the Year” at BYU in 2007, the School of Music’s highest honor. He was also selected by the faculty in the School of Music to speak at the April 2007 Convocation.

Hanson was the winner of the 2007 “Meistersinger” Competition in Graz, Austria. He began his career as a performing artist on stage in Europe, playing roles such as Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, and Tony in West Side Story. He then toured with The American Theater Company for three years in the musical The Fantasticks in venues throughout Europe, and additional performances of Romberg’s The Student Prince, performed in the courtyard of the beautiful Heidelberg Castle.

He is currently a student of Gary Glaze at the University of Southern California, and recently received a master's degree in music from Florida State University where he performed the role of Tito in Mozart's Clemenza di Tito and Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He previously studied with Stanford Olsen and Shirley Close, both from FSU, and performed the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohéme.

In the summer of 2008, performances of the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater marked Hanson’s Costa Rican debut.

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