Associate Professor, Director - Opera McGill
MMus (Piano Performance), University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA, 1991
BMus (Piano Performance), Simpson College, USA, 1988
Patrick Hansen, director of opera studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, is a vocal coach, stage director, conductor, and acting teacher. Currently he is also the associate director for the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. Formerly the director of musical studies for the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera as well as the director of artistic administration for Florida Grand Opera, Mr. Hansen’s former students and young artists can now be seen in all of the major operatic houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, L’Opera Montreal, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala.
Having conducted with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Memphis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Ash Lawn Festival, and Shreveport Opera, Mr. Hansen is now a stage director. His most recent productions show a broad range of repertoire: Cosi fan tutte, Alcina, Albert Herring, La bohème, Riders to the Sea, Dido and Aeneas, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Zauberflöte, and Suor Angelica. This season at Opera McGill he will direct new productions of Lully’s Thésée, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. This summer he returns to Ash Lawn Festival to direct Camelot.
Formerly the director of opera and musical theatre for Ithaca College, Mr. Hansen has been the music director for numerous musicals including Parade, A Little Night Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His former students from Ithaca can now be seen in various national tours, including Lion King and Rent, on Broadway in Wicked, Grey Gardens, South Pacific, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hairspray, and on television including guest spots on 30 Rock, NCIS and House.
Mr. Hansen has been on the music staffs of The Juilliard Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Memphis.
Other credits include being the assistant editor of G. Schirmer’s Operatic Anthology and being the pianist on a number of recordings with the Canadian Brass for their Brass Methods series published by Hal Leonard.
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