Originally from Golden, Colorado, bass Griffen Hogan Tracy is making multiple ensemble and company debuts across the country in 2019. On the concert stage, he joins the Colorado Repertory Singers singing the bass solo in Mozart’s Requiem. He will then debut with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Soon after, Griffen will join the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, singing the role of the 3rd Familiari in The Coronation of Poppea. At OTSL he will also be covering the roles of Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.
During the 2017-2018 season he made his role debut as Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and also portrayed Eduard Casaubon in Allan Sheerer’s new opera Middlemarch in Spring. His performance of Casaubon was praised for its “insidious maliciousness” (Arts Knoxville). Griffen closed the 2017-2018 season by returning to Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program, where he sang Un Vecchio Zingaro in their mainstage production of Verdi’s Il trovatore. He also performed in their scenes program, performing a wide variety of characters such as Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale), The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dansker (Billy Budd).
Equally comfortable with early and modern operatic repertoire, he has sung Neptune in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria as well as Reverend John Hale in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. Other roles have included Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Yakima Symphony, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Griffen was named a finalist in the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, where he was awarded a Certificate of Merit. In 2015, he received an Encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Master of Music, he also received his B.M. from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.