Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Opera
Office: 321 Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr
Vernon Hartman maintains a diverse career spanning forty-six years as a performer, director, educator, producer and administrator. He was a leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera for two decades, where his many appearances included Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Ping (Turandot), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Valentin (Faust), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Redburn (Billy Budd) and over two dozen national and international broadcasts and telecasts. As a guest artist Mr. Hartman has sung with virtually all of North America’s major opera companies, orchestras and festivals, mixed with frequent appearances in Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, Austria, France, Japan, Mexico, China and elsewhere. Among his best-known portrayals are Rigoletto, Scarpia (Tosca), Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Don Giovanni, Germont (La Traviata), Falstaff, Marcello (La bohéme), Gianni Schicchi, Amonasro (Aïda), Pentheus (H. W. Henze’s The Bassarids), Michele (Il Tabarro) and Emile de Becque (South Pacific). Mr. Hartman has produced and directed opera and music theater for over thirty organizations worldwide, notably Opera Tampa, Toledo Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Greensboro Opera, Rockford Symphony, Opera Birmingham, Dubuque Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony and Fox Valley Symphony as well as various theaters and festivals in Italy. In 2016 Mr. Hartman returned to Cincinnati Opera after a twenty-one year absence to create the role of Senator Charles Potter in Fellow Travelers (reprised in 2018 for the Prototype Festival in New York), and he has also sung the Iron Mullah in Shalimar the Clown and the Father in Eurydice with Opera Fusion/New Works. Recent activities include directing Turandot for Kentucky Symphony (also singing Ping), directing the world première of The Garden of Martyrs with the Springfield Symphony (while creating the role of James Sullivan), and his new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s play The Servant of Two Masters was performed at Smith College under his direction. He has guest directed for numerous other academic institutions, notably Carnegie-Mellon University, The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Kent State University, Ashland University and the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. He has served on the faculty of CCM Opera Bootcamp the past several summers, directing Le nozze di Figaro, a double bill of Les mamelles de Tiresias and Suor Angelica, and Don Pasquale (also singing the title role). Mr. Hartman was born in Dallas and raised at San Marcos in the central Texas hill country. He attended Southwest Texas State and North Texas State Universities and received an Artist’s Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. After extensive experience as an athlete, professional musician and broadcaster, he made his professional stage debut at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana in South Pacific, followed by his operatic bow with Fort Worth Opera in Salome. He first drew attention as Rigoletto with Shreveport Opera at age 22, and soon was touring with Western Opera Theater as Mozart’s Figaro and Olin Blitch in Susannah. Following a debut as Silvio in I Pagliacci, Mr. Hartman spent five years with New York City Opera, including two coast-to-coast tours as Germont in La Traviata, before joining the Metropolitan Opera (for Rossini’s Figaro) in 1981. His European debut was Guglielmo in Cosí fan Tutte at the 1977 Spoleto Festival.