Baritone Henry Griffin graduated this spring with his Bachelor’s in Classical Voice at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Marlena Malas, where he won the Hugh Ross Award for a “singer of unusual promise.” His recent roles include Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Castleton Festival, and The Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Chautauqua Opera. This past May, Henry sang Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Manhattan School of Music and in June he was the inaugural voice fellow at the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, USA before traveling to Switzerland to be a young artist at Verbier’s prestigious Atelier Lyrique opera and song programmes.
In addition to his aspirations as a young baritone, Henry is an accomplished pianist, composer, and a budding conductor. As a pianist, he has given recitals as part of the Rush Hour & Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and is continuing his piano studies at Eastman with Dongwon Shin. As a composer, Henry’s choral, instrumental, and vocal works will be performed by students and faculty alike of major music schools across the country this year including Eastman, Manhattan, Yale, and Roosevelt. Henry is thrilled to have just started his residency as the Robert P. Fountain endowed fellow for choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. William Weinert. In addition to his studies at Eastman, Henry also holds the position of music director at First Rochester Church.