Soche hergelaufne Laffen- Die Entführung aus dem Serail (W. A. Mozart)
Griffen Hogan Tracy, bass
Luke Housner, piano
Colorado bass Griffen Hogan Tracy has been praised for his “glorious outpouring of tone” (Parterre Box). In the summer of 2022, Mr. Tracy joined the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, where he covered the role of Manuel Toulon/Judge in Huang Ro’s new opera M. Butterfly and was featured in the Apprentice Scenes program as Phillipe II in Don Carlos. He also performed the roles of Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Colline in La bohème with the Academy of Vocal Arts. In 2022-2023, he sang the role of Big Money in the world premiere of Our Sacred World with GSU Perimeter College, and made his house and role debuts with Amarillo Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Cincinnati Opera.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Tracy performed Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro and was slated to perform Sam in Un ballo in maschera, with the Academy of Vocal Arts.
In the summer of 2019, Griffen joined the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, singing 3rd Familiari in The Coronation of Poppea and covering Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.
In 2017-2018, Mr. Tracy completed his tenure at University of Tennessee Opera Theatre singing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Eduard Casaubon in Allan Sheerer’s Middlemarch in Spring, a performance praised for its “insidious maliciousness” (Arts Knoxville). In the summer of 2018, Mr. Tracy returned to Central City Opera’s Bofils-Stanton Artist Training Program singing Un vecchio Zingaro in Il trovatore in addition to scenes including the title role of Don Pasquale, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, and Dansker in Billy Budd.
Other roles include Neptune in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Reverend John Hale in The Crucible, 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.
On the concert stage, Mr. Tracy is comfortable in a variety of repertoire. During his time with the Academy of Vocal Arts, Griffen was featured in a wide variety of recitals, performing repertoire by Shostakovich, Berg, Rachmaninoff, Haydn, and Handel, and most recently gave a recital of Ullmann’s Liederbuch des Hafis in 2021. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Tracy sang as the bass soloist with the Bucks County Symphony in Beethoven’s Mass in C, made his debut as the bass soloist with the Knoxville Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and sang with the Colorado Repertory Singers as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
Mr. Tracy is recognized in the competition circuit. In 2020, Mr. Tracy won a District prize in the Georgia district of the Laffont Competition. In 2019 alone, Mr. Tracy won an Encouragement Award in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Laffont Competition, received a Career Grant from the Pikes Peak Opera League, and won second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Competition grand finals.
Griffen holds an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts. He holds a Master of Music in Opera from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.