With a velvety tone and a stage presence which exudes confidence and charm, baritone Levi Hernandez is gaining momentum as a sought after artist on the operatic stage. Mark Thomson Ketterson of Opera News declared of his principal debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dandini in La cenerentola,“Young baritone Levi Hernandez’s intelligent Dandini displayed a most impressive knack for subtle text-painting within a pristinely negotiated coloratura line…”
Recently, the El Paso native made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly next to Ana Maria Martinez and Joseph Calleja. He also joined the rosters of San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Puccini’s Il trittico and Fanciulla del West. The 2016-2017 season included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with both Arizona Opera and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with Music of the Baroque, the Messiah with Northwestern University, Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath in his return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Shuisky in Dvorak’s Dimitrij with Bard SummerScape. Th 2017-2018 season includes his debut with Opera Colorado as Marcello in La bohème, Inspector Kildare in Elizabeth Cree with Chicago Opera Theater, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas with San Diego Opera and Madison Opera, and Ford in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera. Future seasons include appearances with Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater.