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American baritone Mitchell Hutchings has been heard throughout the United States and abroad, from Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall to the Antonin Dvorak Museum in Prague.

Mitchell's students and clients have been featured artists in Rolling Stone, have sung on the Metropolitan Opera stage (MONC semis), and have attended or will attend the Yale School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Florida State University, Penn State University, Eastman School of Music, and Boston University among others. Mitchell has worked with multiple commercial artists as a coach, arranger, and vocal producer. He is also a Professional Member of the Recording Academy.

Because of his unique interdisciplinary training in vocal pedagogy and pathology, he has twice assisted in the identification of thyroid nodules in singers that were later confirmed as papillary carcinoma. Mitchell continues to research vocal pedagogy topics and publishes regularly to the MH Voice Studio blog

Equally at home on the stage, his notable roles in opera and musical theatre include Marcello in La bohème,  John Proctor in The Crucible, Michele in Il tabarro, the title role in Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Germont in La traviata, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Father in Ragtime, Marullo in Rigoletto, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and Benoit & Alcindoro in La bohèmeMitchell has been a Resident Artist of Opera Saratoga, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Opera Maine.

 

Mitchell is an alumnus of Florida State University and Western Carolina University. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2018. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Music at Florida Atlantic University. He resides in Florida with his spouse, accomplished composer, Sarah Hutchings.

Mitchell Hutchings, baritone, has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and abroad. In 2014, he won first place in The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Professional Opera Division competition and was the recipient of the Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award. He has performed as a soloist in principal roles with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Hartford Opera Theater, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Rochester Lyric Opera, Gulfshore Opera, and the National Lyric Opera of New York. Dr. Hutchings is also a Professional Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences®. Most recently, Dr. Hutchings was part of a winning team that shared a $15,000 OPERA America Innovation Grant through San Diego Opera’s international technology-driven project: Opera Hack 3.0.

Dr. Hutchings has been featured for his work as a vocal pedagogue in  CS Music  ( Classical Singer  online),  Operapolitan ,  Schmopera , and  Modern Singer . In addition, he participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, held at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He has been a guest faculty artist with Opera Orlando, MusicFor International at L’Ateneo Internazionale della Lirica di Sulmona (Italy), and Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (Mexico). Dr. Hutchings is the education abroad program faculty leader for FAU Opera in Italy.

Applied voice students from Mitchell Hutchings’ studio have performed with Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Ohio Light Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Pensacola Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Finger Lakes Opera, the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy, the Russian Opera Workshop, and others. Many of the same students have also won prizes at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions and the Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition. In addition, they have competed in the district, regional, and national semi-final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Former applied voice students have been offered acceptance with scholarship offers at Yale University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, Boston University, University of Arizona, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Binghamton University. He also had a former student participate in the Joyce DiDonato Master Class series at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Commercial artists who have worked with Dr. Hutchings have toured internationally and have been featured in  Rolling Stone .

Performance highlights include the title role in  Gianni Schicchi , John Proctor in  The Crucible , Michele in  Il tabarro , Marcello and Schaunard in  La bohème , Escamillo in  La tragédie de Carmen , Ben in  The Telephone , Father in  Ragtime , and he was “exemplary” ( Sylva Herald ) in the title role in  Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , under the direction of Terrence Mann, where “his range and presence commanded attention any time he was on stage.” Dr. Hutchings received training as a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Maine, and Dicapo Opera Theatre.

Concert credits include Handel’s  Messiah  with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Brahms’  Ein deutsches Requiem  with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Mozart  Requiem  and Beethoven  Choral Fantasy  with the National Sacred Honor Choir in Carnegie Hall, and the Beethoven  Mass in C  with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Mitchell Hutchings holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (voice) from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in South Florida with his spouse, composer Dr. Sarah Hutchings.

Personal website: www.mitchellhutchings.com 

American voice teacher and baritone singer Mitchell Hutchings (www.mitchellhutchings.com) has performed throughout the United States and abroad from Carnegie Hall to the Muzeum Antonína Dvořáka in Prague. His specialty includes helping students develop a singing voice without obstruction and over modification while also focusing on expanded breath, clean and balanced phonation, and smooth changes in registration. He has a record of success, particularly with young artist-level and developing singers.

Applied voice students of Mitchell Hutchings have performed with Palm Beach Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Curtis Summerfest, Chicago Summer Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Teatro Nuovo, Triple Arts Broadway Summer Intensive, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Breve, Pensacola Opera, Emerald City Opera, Vancouver/Victoria Coaching Experience, Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop, College Light Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Finger Lakes Opera, Opera-Lytes, The Naked Voice Institute at Northwestern University, 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 individual prizes in classical voice and musical theatre at the district & regional levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions, the Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and his students have been offered acceptance to major music schools with scholarship offers at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, Boston University School of Music, Michigan State University, The Penn State School of Music, and Binghamton University. He has also had a former student participate in the prestigious Joyce DiDonato Master Class series at Carnegie Hall in 2016.

Recent performances from Dr. Hutchings include the role of John Proctor in The Crucible with Hartford Opera Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Michele in Il tabarro with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Marcello in La bohème with Rochester Lyric Opera, and as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

Concert credits include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Handel’s Messiah with the Chamber Music Society of Olean, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the National Sacred Honor Choir in Carnegie Hall, and the Beethoven Mass in C with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Highlights on the stage include the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Charlottesville Opera, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Pensacola Opera, Ben in The Telephone with Opera Saratoga, Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Maine, Marcello in La bohème with the National Lyric Opera of New York, Buff in Der Schauspieldirektor with the Rochester Lyric Opera, Father in Ragtime and Pete in Show Boat with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, and he was “exemplary” (Sylva Herald) in the title role in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, under the direction of Broadway legend Terrence Mann, where “his range and presence commanded attention any time he was on stage” (Sylva Herald). Hutchings has performed and received training as a young artist with Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Maine, and Dicapo Opera Theatre.

In 2014, he was the 1st Place winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Professional Opera Division and was the Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award winner. The American Prize stated, “[Mitchell] Hutchings is very musical and sings with knowledgeable artistry...[and has] a very expressive, solid baritone voice.” He has earned recognition in the American Prize, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Mildred Miller Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, and the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition.

Mitchell Hutchings has studied with Robert Swensen, David Okerlund, and Rebecca Cook-Carter. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University (2016 Young Alumnus Award), and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University (2015 Thirty Under 30 Distinguished Young Alumni award winner). He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature with a minor in Voice Pedagogy and Pathology – Interdisciplinary from the Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in Florida with his spouse, composer Dr. Sarah Hutchings.

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