The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you to learn about one of our new basses, Griffen Hogan Tracy! Mr. Tracy comes to us with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Lamont School of Music and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee. He has performed a variety of different roles, such as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, and Neptune in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, all with University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. For a full list of Mr. Tracy’s previous roles and competitions, visit his biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“Well, I am a fourth generation native of Colorado and I grew up in Golden specifically. I lived in Colorado all my life and briefly was in Knoxville, TN during grad school. While in undergrad I also lived in Milan, Italy for a semester abroad, which was an incredible experience. I love to visit new places (my favorite being Ireland), but you really can’t beat the beauty that Colorado’s mountains have to offer.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“So far, my favorite role to date has been Revered John Hale in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. Hale is a man of faith who’s guided by his unwavering belief in his religion. However, as he witnesses the witch-hunt in Salem that grows from his preaching, his crisis of personal values becomes vivid and profound. It was a very dramatically satisfying role to perform.”
What is your dream role?
“Oh man, there are so many great roles. But for me it’s a tie between Phillipo II in Don Carlo and Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea. I actually covered Seneca this past summer at Opera Theatre St. Louis, so that was a wonderful experience!”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“Honestly, it was a very unexpected thing. I knew I wanted to focus on singing in undergrad, but initially I thought I wanted to be a jazz ballad singer like Johnny Hartman or Mel Torme. I was in the chorus of Faust my first semester of undergrad, and that was such a thrilling show to be a part of. The collaboration and unity that it takes to produce an opera is so powerful, and the community that in can create drew me in to its beauty.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“Over the summer, I finally completed a project that’s been on my list the past few years and built a PC from the ground up. I discovered that it’s nothing to be intimidated by and is basically just adult LEGOs.”
Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar