With a velvety tone and a stage presence which exudes confidence and charm, baritone Levi Hernandez is gaining momentum as a sought after artist on the operatic stage. Mark Thomson Ketterson of Opera News declared of his principal debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dandini in La cenerentola,“Young baritone Levi Hernandez’s intelligent Dandini displayed a most impressive knack for subtle text-painting within a pristinely negotiated coloratura line…”
Recently, the El Paso native made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly next to Ana Maria Martinez and Joseph Calleja. He also joined the rosters of San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Puccini’s Il trittico and Fanciulla del West. His 2014-2015 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the title role in The Death of Klinghoffer and Dancaïre in Carmen, his Opera Roanoke debut as Dandini in La cenerentola, the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Intermountain Opera, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in his debut with Pine Mountain Music Festival. The 2015-2016 season sees his debut with Arizona Opera as Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and returns to Opera Omaha as Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Opera Roanoke as Germont in La traviata, Opera Theatre of St. Louis as the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, Germont in La Traviata with the Shippensburg Festival, and Guglielmo/Remigio Le villi/ La Navarraise at Bard Music Festival. Additionally, he will join the Choral Society of El Paso for Handel’s Messiah. Future seasons include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with both Arizona Opera and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.