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Henry Griffin




Henry Griffin, described as “luminous” and “supremely tender” by the Chautauqua Daily, is a 23-year old baritone who studied with Marlena Kleinman Malas, and currently with Jonathan Beyer. Henry has sung all of his life including solo appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago as a boy soprano from age 11.


His more recent roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Prague Summer Nights young artist program at the Castleton Festival, and Toby in 110 in the Shade, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Chautauqua Voice Program. Henry also covered the role of the Commentator in Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg at the Chautauqua Opera Company in summer 2021.


Henry has played piano since the age of 6, most recently performing multiple recitals of four-hands repertoire, including a performance in June 2021 which aired live on WFMT Chicago. In 2022, Henry sang the role of the Forester in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Chautauqua Opera Conservatory.


Henry studied at the Manhattan School of Music where he sang the role of Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi with the MSM Undergraduate Opera Theater & Orchestra in May of 2023 just before graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in classical voice, awarded with the Hugh Ross Award. Henry won a Fellowship for a full ride to the Mostly Modern Festival in June 2023, and in July he was a young artist in the Opera and Song Programmes of the Verbier Academy’s Atelier Lyrique in Switzerland. There, he performed Keeper of the Madhouse in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.


This year, Henry looks forward to being a young artist at Opera in the James in Lynchburg, VA and is honored to have won a full ride to be an emerging artist at Opera in the Ozarks, where he will sing Germont in La Traviata and Rev. Hale in The Crucible.


Manhattan School of Music 2018-2023

BM, Classical Voice, anticipated May 2023

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