International Bass, George Hogan, made his operatic debut at the early age of nineteen as ‘Theseus’ in a PBS filming of Benjamin Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Since then he has gone on to sing in nearly every opera house in North America, including performances at the famed Sydney Opera House, and in Europe. After winning the San Francisco Merola Finals in New York City, the company brought him to San Francisco to perform Leporello in DON GIOVANNI.
"Hogan has oaken weight in his bass. It is also quite flexible and possesses a fetching cantabile warmth."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
He has since performed ‘Leporello’ over a hundred times. The highlight of those performances being a production at Houston Grand Opera with Rene Fleming as Donna Elvira, Thomas Allen opposite him as Don Giovanni, and Christoph Eschenbach, conductor.
"Thanks to George Hogan's gift of humor, I heard an audience laugh for the first time in many a year during Leporello's catalogue recitation." OPERA MAGAZINE
Other comedic interpretations have paired him with the likes of Frederica von Stade in Handel’s Xerxes at Santa Fe Opera and Chicago Lyric. His voice has been described as possessing a versatility and beauty which commands an impressive breadth of repertoire encompassing virtually every musical style from the fioratura of the ‘Podesta’ in Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Town Hall Debut in New York City to his Philadelphia debut as ‘Sparafucile’ in RIGOLETTO.
"The clarity of his lower register was riveting."...
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Mr. Hogan’s interpretations embrace the bel canto of Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti; the lyric and dramatic roles of Mozart, Verdi and Wagner; and even his heralded debut with Opera Orchestra of New York as ‘Bertram’ in Meyerbeer’s ROBERT LE DIABLE.
"George Hogan was a commanding Bertram."
THE NEW YORKER
He is equally at home on the Broadway stage as ‘Don Quixote’ in MAN OF LA MANCHA...
George Hogan starred in the performance...we loved him and we are star-struck. Moving as the aged knight battling windmills, stirring as the young man trapped by the Spanish Inquisition, he was unabashedly magnificent. When he finished 'The Impossible Dream,' tears actually were glistening in eyes around us."
THE NATCHEZ (MS) DEMOCRAT