Acclaimed for his refined vocalism and theatrical versatility, baritone John Hancock made his Metropolitan Opera debut as le Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tirésias under the baton of James Levine. He has since appeared in a dozen roles with the company, including: Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Albert in Werther, Brétigny in Manon, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, and both Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème. He has also sung leading roles with companies including Washington National Opera, New Israeli Opera, Opéra du Rhin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Cincinnati Opera.
A gifted interpreter of contemporary opera, John Hancock has created leading roles in several world premieres, notably Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray at Opéra de Monte Carlo, Stephen Paulus’s Heloise and Abelard as an alumni artist at the Juilliard School, and Central Park, a trilogy of American operas, at Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera (also broadcast on PBS Great Performances). Of his performance in Pascal Dusapin’sFaustus, the Last Night at the Spoleto Festival USA, the New York Times wrote, “John Hancock was particularly strong in the title role, seizing every opportunity to soar.”
Hancock is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, where he was winner of the Richard F. Gold Grant presented by the Shoshana Foundation. He also is the grateful recipient of grants and prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Loren L. Zachary Society and the Sullivan Foundation.