Dr. Kyle Hancock
B.M.E., Baldwin Wallace College
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
D.M.A., University of Michigan
About Dr. Hancock
Kyle Hancock, bass-baritone, made his operatic debut in 1977 in the role of Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Cleveland. Since then, he has sung more than 40 principal roles with companies such as Pensacola Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pittsburgh Chamber Opera. He created the role of the Banker in the American premiere of the three-act version of Alban Berg’s Lulu with the Santa Fe Opera and participated in world premieres of Mary Stuart: A Queen Betrayed by Bain Murray, The Death of Lincolnby Edwin London, and Haydn’s Head by Larry Baker. Hancock made his Augusta Opera debut in the role of Dr. Grenvil in the May 2006 production of Verdi’s La Traviata and performed the role of the Governor/Innkeeper in their production of The Man of La Mancha. In concert, he has performed the baritone solos in the Duruflé Requiem, the bass solos in Bach’s Cantata 78, and the bass solos in Schubert’s Mass in G with the Savannah Symphony; the bass solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Suburban Symphony of Cleveland, and several other appearances with orchestras throughout the Midwest. He has performed Mozart arias and duets with the Augusta Symphony and recently sang the baritone solos in the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with the Hilton Head Orchestra. At Georgia Southern he has performed the bass solos in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and in the Fauré Requiem. In Spring 2007, Hancock created the role of Marvin Pittman in the Georgia Southern Opera production of Michael Braz’s opera A Scholar Under Siege.
As director of Georgia Southern Opera from 1997-2002, Hancock directed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and The Mikado; Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, The Medium, and The Telephone; and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He has also conducted the Georgia Southern Opera Orchestra in productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Hancock has led the Shaker Symphony of Cleveland, Ohio, and was associate conductor of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir, also of Cleveland, from 1979-1989.
Hancock received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Leslie Guinn and coached with Martin Katz.
Last updated: 8/4/2013