Meet the Artist: Pooh-Bah, Terry Hodges

Apr 2, 2012

Anyone familiar with the local artistic community knows that Omaha is loaded with talent. One of these massively talented local people is, Terry Hodges. Mr. Hodges, a resident of Omaha since 2004, sings the role Pooh-Bah in our production of The Mikado. You may have seen him on an Opera Omaha stage previously in HMS Pinafore or The Threepenny Opera, among others. His performance resume includes more than 2000 opera performances and 2,500 performances as part of a touring production of The Phantom of the Opera.

As Pooh-Bah, or the “Lord High Everything Else”, Mr. Hodges acting skills and impressive bass-baritone vocal capabilities are combined to create the traditionally haughty character. Opera Omaha is honored to welcome the impressive talents of Omaha resident, Terry Hodges, as our “Grand Poo-Bah” in The Mikado.

Biography provided by the artist:

American-trained, bass baritone Terry Hodges‘ stagecraft and vocal technique have assured him a busy career in opera and music theatre in the United States and Canada. His musicianship coupled with programmes at Santa Fe and Lake George Opera Festival led to engagements at Carnegie Hall and for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Mr. Hodges’ is renowned for his portrayal of Dr. Bartolo in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and he has been engaged for this role by companies in both the United States and Canada including Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Columbus and the Tulsa Opera.

Recent and upcoming engagements have Mr. Hodges engaged as Dick Deadeyein HMS PINAFORE for Nashville Opera, as Benoit/Alcindoro in LA BOHEME for Vancouver Opera, and the role of Dulcamara in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Tulsa Opera. In 2006-2007, he returned to Manitoba Opera for Frank in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Opera Tulsa for THE LITTLE PRINCE, and took on the role of Leporello in DON GIOVANNI for Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London.

In 2005/2006 he was in Utah for KISMET and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, at Virginia Opera for Dr. Bartolo in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and in Milwaukee for LITTLE WOMEN at Skylight Opera Theatre. The remainder of that season was filled with performances of KISMET for Toronto Operetta Theatre and MAN OF LA MANCHA back in Milwaukee.

He was heard in Thea Musgrave’s CHRISTMAS CAROL for Virginia Opera, in WOZZECK as the Doctor for Pacific Opera Victoria and as Dick Deadeye in Opera Omaha’s HMS PINAFORE. Puccini’s comic Sacristanin TOSCA took him back to the Opera Theater of St. Louis and he was in Philadelphia for Elder McLean in Floyd’s SUSANNAH.

Mr. Hodges appeared for Piedmont Opera as Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and was Trulove in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for Vancouver Opera. After concert performances as Dulcamara in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Orchestra London, he returned to Piedmont Opera as the Pirate King in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and was in Omaha for MAN OF LA MANCHA and Benoit/Alcindoroin LA BOHÈME for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Hodges has been featured by Virginia Opera as Angelotti in TOSCA, Opera Saskatchewan as Frankin DIE FLEDERMAUS, Toronto Operetta Theatre as Pali Racz in ZIGEUNER PRIMAS and the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Don Pedro in LA PÉRICHOLE.

Further roles in Mr. Hodges’ repertoire include Don Alfonso in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Colline in LA BOHEME, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Dr. Engel in STUDENT PRINCEand Tevyein FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He also has more than 2,000 performances of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA among his list of credits.

With a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Colorado, this Chicago-born bass baritone also has the oratorio works of Mendelssohn, Fauré, Haydn, Brahms and Handel at his command.

Please join us on April 13 and 15 to hear and see Mr. Terry Hodges as the rightfully exalted Pooh-Bah. Click Ticket Omaha or call 402-345-0606 or 402-346-4398 for tickets.

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