Griffen Hogan Tracy, Bass
Praised by Parterre Box for his “glorious outpouring of tone,” Colorado bass Griffen Hogan Tracy debuted with the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist for the 2022 season, covering the role of Manuel Toulon in Huang Ro’s M. Butterfly. He was featured in the Apprentice Scenes program as Phillipe II Don Carlos.
A recent graduate of the acclaimed Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he performed Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Colline in La Boheme, Sam in Un ballo in maschera (C-19), Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Viktor Ullmanns’s Liederbuch des Hafis. In the 2022-2023 season, he performed in A&E Atlanta’s premiere of Our Sacred World by Amy Leventhal, and debuted with Amarillo Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Cincinnati Opera as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. During his AVA residency, Tracy was featured in a wide variety of recitals and operas, performing repertoire by Shostakovich, Berg, Rachmaninoff, Haydn, Handel, Mozart, and Verdi.
Tracy has made numerous concert and operatic debuts around the country, including bass soloist work with the Colorado Repertory Singers (Mozart’s Requiem) and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony). In the summer of 2019, he was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where he sang the role of 3rd Familiari in The Coronation of Poppea, in addition to covering the roles of Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.
In the 2017-2018 season, he made several role debuts at UT Knoxville, most prominently as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Eduard Casaubon in Allan Sheerer’s Middlemarch, a performance praised for its “insidious maliciousness” (Arts Knoxville). He returned to Central City Opera’s Bofils-Stanton Artist Training Program, where he sang “Un Vecchio Zingaro” in the mainstage production of Il trovatore, in addition to scenes including the Don Pasquale, The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dansker (Billy Budd).
Comfortable in a wide variety of repertoire, Tracy has notably sung Neptune in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Reverend John Hale in Robert Ward’s 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.
Tracy is a two-time District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Regional Finalist Encouragement Award recipient (2019) and a Denver Lyric Opera Competition grand finalist. He holds an M.M. from the University of Tennessee and a B.M. from the Lamont School of Music.