Emmett O'Hanlon



Irish-American baritone Emmett O’Hanlon’s 2018-2019 season sees his role debut at Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose, conducted by Christian Reif, and a return to Des Moines Metro Opera to sing Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide. Concert work includes his debut with the New World Symphony for Unanswered Questions: A Leonard Bernstein Journey, conducted by Edwin Outwater. As a winner of the 2018 Opera Birmingham vocal competition, Mr. O’Hanlon will be presented in recital at Brock Recital Hall at Samford University. He will also appear in recital with Sun Valley Opera, in Ketchum, Idaho.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Mr. O’Hanlon’s final season as a member of the Ryan Center with roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago including Wagner in a new production of Faust, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Mr. O’Hanlon’s cover assignments included Valentin in Faust, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Marullo in Rigoletto.

Mr. O’Hanlon made his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte and Dancaire in Carmen, where he also covered the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Captain in Yevgeny Onegin. Additional operatic highlights include his debut at Des Moines Metro Opera in a new production of Britten’s Billy Budd singing Novice’s Friend and covering the title role, as well as covering the title role in Yevgeny Onegin, singing Bartley in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River at the Juilliard School, and the Soldier in a workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick the Great in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. As a student at the Juilliard School, Mr. O’Hanlon’s operatic highlights included Roles at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music include Arsamene in Xerxes and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen. Concert repertoire includes Bach cantatas 32, 106, 172 and the Fauré Requiem, all with St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Cincinnati under the baton of Dr. Carlton Monroe.

In addition to his operatic and concert career, Mr. O’Hanlon has been a lead singer on Celtic Thunder’s 2014 Celtic Cruise, 2014 Christmas Symphony Tour, and 2015 ‘Very Best Of’ Tour. He is featured on the both the 2016 DVD and CD Legacy Vol I & II. As well, the 2016 re-release of their albums; Heartland, The Show, Take Me Home, Heritage, and Voyage I & II.

Honors and awards include being named a finalist in the 2017 Operalia competition, a finalist in the south regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd place in the Verismo Opera competition, 3rd place in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, and an encouragement award from the Opera Index competition.

Mr. O’Hanlon holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additional training includes participation as a Bel Canto young artist at Caramoor Opera, studies at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, a summer with Oberlin in Italy, and the “Julliard in Paris” project, sponsored by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. A native of Manhasset, New York, Mr. O’Hanlon currently resides in Chicago.


“As George, Emmett O’Hanlon was simply terrific. He brought understated credibility to the role of Lennie’s long-suffering friend and displayed a dark, clarion baritone in his aria singing of the house that the men dream of having some day.”

Chicago Classical Review

The standouts were Newman’s lively Frasquita and the promising O’Hanlon’s self-assured Dancaire.”

Chicago Tribune

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“Baritone Emmett O’Hanlon, as his protective pal George, revealed pleasing voices and promising futures as singing actors.”

Chicago Tribune

“Baritone Emmett O’Hanlon seemed delighted to present the second and lighter half of the evening and captivated the audience with a full measure of stage presence.  Maurice Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée is frequently done but we never tire of its variety and charm.  Mr. O’Hanlon used his body and gestures to complement his fine voice; he definitely knows how to get a song across.  The audience was already chortling before he opened his mouth for the wonderful “Chanson à Boire”.”

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