"Michael Hendrick delivered his lines with sound musicianship, character and gusto. Hendrick's vocal abilities and demeanor conveyed to the audience a clear picture."
as the Tenor Soloist in Mahler's DAS LIED VON DER ERDE - PensacolaNewsJournal.com
"Michael Hendrick was sterling as Soliman."
as Soliman in Mozart's ZAÏDE - The Cincinnati Post
"Michael Hendrick performed Bacchus with a noble bearing and a trumpet tone. There are good tenors out there after all."
as Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS - The Montréal Gazette
"Michael Hendrick gets off a plane at 9 pm while the first dress rehearsal is going on, comes in to Mershon auditorium with his luggage in hand, gets on stage and sings...and sings...WOW!"
as Florestan in Fidelio - Christopher Purdy, WOSU FM 89.7 (Columbus, OH)
"The interpretive strong tenor voice of Hendrick soothes the suffering of the Hebrews, shows its force after the onset of Delilah, and his anguish between love and faith and beliefs."
as Samson in SAMSON ET DALILA, Amazonas Opera Festival - Juéara Menezes, PortalAmazõnia.com
"Sarasota was lucky above all in its choice of tenors. Michael Hendrick sang a convincing Laca with a sturdy, robust voice."
as Laca in JENUFA - Das Opernglas
"My favorite was tenor Michael Hendrick as Spakos... Hendrick brought passion to his role and supported it with a clear, well-focused tone. He also evoked sympathy by exploring the full range of his character's feelings."
as Spakos in Massenet's CLÉOPÂTRE - Gannett Newspapers
"One vocal standout- tenor Michael Hendrick in the role of Soliman the tyrannical sultan. Splendidly outfitted, he more than lived up to his garb with singing that was vibrant, tonally lush and well-projected."
as Soliman in Mozart's ZAÏDE - The Indianapolis Star
"Michael Hendrick embodies a Paul fragile and poignant : His expressive range and timbre of valour are those of a heldentenor."
As Paul in DIE TOTE STADT - Sebastien Foucart, Concertonet - May 14, 2010
"A young and immensely promising heldentenor in Michael Hendrick. He rode the often inhuman tessitura of the Stranger with courage and belief, singing and phrasing with real beauty, not just brawn."
As The Stranger in Korngold's DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE - Edward Seckerson, The Independent (London) - 2007
"As Levko, tenor Michael Hendrick showed a powerful, even voice with ringing high notes and a great sense of style... It was a triumph."
as Levko in Rimsky-Korsakov's MAY NIGHT - L'Opera (Italy)
"Tenor Michael Hendrick, Aroldo and main protagonist of the opera, sang with expression, a clear expressive validity and a good musical sense."
as Aroldo in Verdi's AROLDO - ABAO Bilbao - J.A.Z., Deia
"Mr. Hendrick was most eloquent, his chatty, almost countertenor tessitura just perfect for a somewhat bitchy representative of the Fates."
as the Male Chorus in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA - New York City Opera - Concertonet.com
"In tenor Michael Hendrick and the Choral Union of Ann Arbor's University Musical Society, Rozhdestvensky enjoyed a vocal force that matched the DSO's glistening effort in all its discipline and all its splendid color."
as Tenor Soloist in PSALMUS HUNGARICUS - Detroit Symphony Orchestra - The Detroit News
"Michael Hendrick sang very well, with a rich and subtle tenor that was particularly thrilling in the high range."
as Don José in CARMEN - Jack Robinson, The Los Angeles Times
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Dear Friends,

On this Page are news features about my career or organizations with whom I have worked along the way. I hope you will take the time to read some of them!

My reviews can be found here: Reviews or organized by operatic role here: Repertoire.

~ Michael

In the new production of "Salome" Michiel Dijkema not only directed, but also designs the sets. // In the new production of "Salome", Michiel Dijkema not only directed, but so designs the sets.

After two decades of performing operas all over the world, Michael Robert Hendrick always looks forward to coming home to the place where it all began.

Classic tale of tragic clown starts opera season this weekend


PAGLIACCI, by Ruggero Leoncavallo at the Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Premieres 8 p.m. Oct. 31; continues through Nov. 15. Tickets $19-$125. 366-8450; www.sarasotaopera.org.

Dr. Nir, who has a house in Springs, is a Holocaust survivor whose father was killed by German soldiers in 1941. His memoir details his survival, along with his mother and sister, and their return to Poland in 1945.

Janice Hamer: Who should we forgive? Who can ask for forgiveness? Is it appropriate for Germans to wish for the forgiveness of survivors; the guy wasn’t born during the war. Another issue is revenge, what does it mean to take revenge?

“Lost Childhood’s” powerful libretto was inspired by the friendship between Dr. Nir, a New York psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Cornell Medical School, and Gottfried Wagner, a great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, which developed after they met at a Holocaust conference. They are portrayed in the opera by tenor Michael Hendrick as Judah and baritone Chris Pedro Trakas as Manfred.

Gottfried Wagner, author, director, musicologist and great-grandson of Richard Wagner, had a significant role in the development of "Lost Childhood," an opera about the Holocaust and its aftermath. The work will be performed (in concert form) Saturday at Strathmore. Wagner, who inspired one of the two main characters in the opera, plans to attend the performance.

‘I will protect you,” a father sings in the opera “Lost Childhood” to comfort his 9-year-old son, Julek The tragic irony is that shortly thereafter, the father, emblematic of so many Jewish men, will be marched out of his Lvov, Poland, home and murdered by the Nazis.

Legacies of Holocaust wear heavy for Jew and German in new musical work. Two psychiatrists attending a conference in Manhattan in 1993 meet for a drink in a hotel bar and begin talking, forming the basis for an opera called “Lost Childhood.” Judah is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, and the younger Manfred, born after the war, is the German son of Nazi sympathizers.

At last, the opera a will be performed in its entirety on November 9 at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD. Columbus listeners will remember tenor Michael Hendrick, who saved our OSU production of Fidelio three years ago. Hendrick takes the role of Judah, with baritone Christopher Pedro Trakas as Manfred.