March 08, 2019
On March 8, 2019 Scott Hendricks takes on the title role in the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Frankenstein in a new Alex Ollé staging at La Monnaie in Brussels, conducted by Bassem Akiki.
“It is amazing that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is as relevant today, perhaps even more so, than it was in 1818,” says the American baritone. “My debut as Victor will not only be a highlight of this season, but of my career. I can’t wait to share this experience with composer, and my good friend, Mark Grey, and with one of my favourite theaters in the world, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie.”
Hendricks and Mark Grey have previously collaborated on Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio in 2008. Grey first worked as a sound designer with composers such as John Adams, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Since 2008 his compositions have been heard around the world at theatres and concert halls such as the Sydney Opera House, the Barbican Centre in London, the Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw and Los Angeles’ De Royce Hall, as well as at many international festivals.
Frankenstein is the first of three important title roles for Scott Hendricks in the next few months. After concluding the run in Brussels he will perform in the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s M – A City Seaches For A Murderer at Komische Oper in Berlin and this summer he will sing Rigoletto in a new staging at the Bregenz Festival.
With his extensive repertoire, which includes many of the great baritone roles from the Italian, German, Russian, French and Czech repertoire, Scott Hendricks has emerged as one of today’s most versatile and compelling opera singers.
He is a frequent guest at many of the world’s most important opera houses and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Zurich Opera House and the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.
Recent highlights include Scarpia in Tosca at San Francisco Opera; Barnaba in La Gioconda; Tonio in Pagliacci and Verdi’s Macbeth at La Monnaie; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Zurich Opera House; Ruprecht in The Fiery Angel at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Adams’ Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Cologne Opera House and Escamillo in Carmen at the Bregenz Festival.
[Photo by Bernd Uhlig]