Geoffrey Penar, baritone
Geoffrey Penar is a young and versatile classical voice artist with a rich and mature vocal quality. He is equally comfortable in a recital setting or performing onstage in a Grand Opera production. Adept with comedic and dramatic roles, his vocal talents are enhanced by a phenomenal stage presence.
He is currently in the Masters Program in Opera Performance at the McGill University Schulich School of Music, in the studio of Sanford Sylvan. In the Opera McGill 2012 production of Don Giovanni, he played one of his favorite roles, the conflicted often comedic â€œLeporello,â€to enthusiastic applause and positive reviews.
A Vermont native, Geoffrey is a 2011 Honors graduate of the Eastman School of Music Vocal Performance program, where he studied with Dr. Robert McIver, and was recognized with the Ornest Award for excellence in academic and musical study. At Eastman, he sang Lescaut in Manon, was a finalist in the Kneisel German Lieder Competition, took first place at the 2009 Syracuse Civic Morning opera and art song competition, and earned jury awards in 2008 and 2009.
Geoffrey Penar has appeared in productions ranging from musical theater, to operetta, and grand opera. He performed in the Eastman Opera Theater productions of The Secret Garden (â€œBen the Gardenerâ€), The Impressario (â€œBuffâ€), Roman Fever (waiter), and Manon as â€œLescaut.â€ In 2009 and 2010 Geoffrey performed with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival in several roles, including â€œPrison Warden Frankâ€ in Die Fledermaus, â€œBarnabyâ€ in Hello Dolly, and â€œDr. Bartoloâ€ in Le Nozze di Figaro. In summer 2011 he appeared in 60 performances in 7 productions with the Ohio Light Opera Company, with major roles as â€œLancelotâ€ in Camelot and â€œGeneral Bogdanowitschâ€ in The Merry Widow.
Geoffrey has performed on NPRâ€™s radio show From The Top, and at Eastman he was chosen to perform for baritones HÃ¥kan HagegÃ¥rd and Harry van der Kamp, as well as the pianist, coach and art song scholar Graham Johnson. He was the baritone soloist in the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestraâ€™s concert of the Bruckner Mass No. 1 in D, and in 2011 appeared as the baritone soloist for a staged Messiah production at Bryn Mawr Church in Philadelphia.
Although Geoffrey Penar is primarily a vocal artist, he has worked as assistant stage manager and as production assistant with Green Mountain Opera Company, as well as directed music for a childrenâ€™s theater in Vermont.
To visit Geoffrey’s website, go to: http://geoffreypenar.com/