Aria of the worm - Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles
Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond - Wagner's Die Walküre
Spencer Hamlin has been praised by Opera News for his “scintillatingly smooth” and “dazzling Italianate voice.” Most recently, Hamlin returned to The Glimmerglass Festival where he sang the role of Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and Ruiz in Il Trovatore while covering Manrico. He debuted the role of Don José in a virtual production of Carmen with Brooklyn College Conservatory, and performed as a soloist in Playhouse on Park’s professionally filmed production of All is Calm. He was scheduled to perform the Duke of Norfolk in Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra with Odyssey Opera as well as Max in The Sound of Music and Gunther in Wagner’s Die Feen both with The Glimmerglass Festival in 2020, all of which were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the 2021-22 season, he sang Mr. Angel in The Impresario with Syracuse Opera, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Theater of Connecticut and was the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Symphoria. He debuts several roles in the New York City Opera world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Finzi Gardens, returns to Odyssey Opera as Albert in Rachmaninoff’s The Miserly Knight, and joins Tulsa Opera as Second Nazarene in Salome. He makes his York Symphony debut as the tenor soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in 2023.
A member of The Glimmerglass Festival in 2019, he performed Chekalinsky in The Queen of Spades and covered Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles. He was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera in 2019 singing the role of Il principe di Persia in Turandot. Spencer appeared as Almaviva in New York City Opera’s Bryant Park series production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, after making his NYCO debut as Detective Thibodeau in the New York premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. His concert appearances include tenor soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Waterbury Chorale as well as Theofanidis’ The Urgency of Love with the New Haven Chorale.
After hearing Hamlin as Nemorino in UConn Opera Theater’s production of L’elisir d’amore, music critic Tim page wrote: “Spencer Hamlin has a sweetly lyrical high tenor voice, which he deploys with immaculate taste, and his acting is communicative and persuasive.” Other roles include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tonio in La fille du régiment, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Judge Danforth in The Crucible, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Albert Herring, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Laurie in Little Women.
Spencer has performed with The Glimmerglass Festival, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance series, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Chorale, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, and various ensembles at the University of Connecticut. An Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT, he received his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.