Jordan Shanahan

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Jordan Shanahan, Baritone

Hawaiian baritone Jordan Shanahan has worked with many of the worlds leading opera companies and orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Netherlands Opera, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the Munich Philharmonic.  With a repertoire that will reach 60 roles in the ’16-’17 season, he is equally at home singing the dramatic roles of Wagner or Strauss, the Italian masterpieces of Verdi or Puccini, the modern masterpieces being written today by the leading composers of our own time such as John Adams, George Benjamin and Jake Heggie, or even the baroque masterpieces of Handel or Cavalli.

Some notable roles from the past year included his debut in the title role in Rigoletto, for which Mr. Shanahan was awarded the St. Louis Theater Circle’s 2015 award for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical”, Telramund in Lohengrin, Scarpia in Tosca, and The Protector in Written on Skin.  All of which were praised by the critics and consistently applauded by audiences.  Other recent major successes have included Alberich in Des Ring des Niebelungen, Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Escamillo in Carmen, the role of Figaro in both Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro, and as a concert soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Fauré Requiem, and Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony.  His 2006 recording of the title character in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso was nominated for a Grammy award.

During the 2016-2017 season Mr. Shanahan will add the role of Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser to his repertoire in a production by Calixto Bieto at Konzert Theater Bern, and sing performances of Lohengrin and Tosca with Theater St. Gallen.  He will also join a project to record the operas of the under-appreciated early 20th century composer Othmar Schoeck under the direction of maestro Mario Venzago with concert performances and recordings of Vom Fischer und syne Fru and Das Schloss Durande.

Mr. Shanahan was born and raised in Kailua Hawai’i, where he appeared in plays and musicals with local companies and was the principal trombonist with the Hawai’i Youth Symphony while growing up. He received a full scholarship to the University of Hawai’i to study trombone and composition, where on the advice of his trombone teacher he began to study voice as a way of becoming a more well-rounded musician during his first year.  He was soon invited to join Hawai’i Opera Theatre, where he spent one season as a chorister before being invited to join the newly formed Mae Zenke Orvis Opera Studio.  He attended Temple University in Philadelphia singing five leading roles there over the next two years.  After finishing his formal education, he spent time in major apprentice programs with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Orlando Opera, the Opera Studio Nederland, the Santa Fe Opera, and finally the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera Chicago.  His reputation was also furthered by consistent success in important competitions. Some of the many awards he won included 1st place prizes (or their equivalent) from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Loren Zachary Society, the Irene Dalis Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Union League of Chicago among many others.


Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni, Masetto
Le nozze di Figaro – Figaro, Almaviva

Signor Deluso – Signor Deluso

An American Tragedy – Clyde Griffiths

Dialogues des Carmélites – Jailer

La Bohème – Marcello, Schaunard
Madama Butterfly – Sharpless, Yamadori
Turando – Ping
Gianni Schicchi – Schicchi, Marco

Il barbiere di Siviglia – Figaro, Fiorello
La Cenerentola – Dandini

J. Strauss
Die Fledermaus – Falke, Eisenstein

Eugene Onegin – Eugene Onegin
Pique Dame – Yeletsky, Tomsky

Don Carlo – Posa
Falstaff – Ford
La Traviata – Germont, Douphol
Il Trovatore – di Luna

Tann-häuser – Wolfram
Ring – Donner, Alberich

J.S. Bach
Weihnachts – Oratorium

9. Symphonie


Il Maestro di Capella


Acis and Galetea

Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Saint Paul


Carmina Burana

Five Mystical Songs
Serenade to Music


Doctor Atomic – Oppenheimer, Hubbard

I puritani – – Riccardo

Written on Skin – The Protector

Carmen – Escamillo
Les Pêcheurs de Perles – Zurga

Don Pasquale – Malatesta
Les Pêcheurs de Perles – Zurga
Lucia di Lammermoor – Enrico

Terra – Victor

Satyagraha – Kallenbach

Iphegenie en Tauride – Oreste, Thoas

Faust – Valentin
Roméo et Julliette – Mercutio

Giulio Cesare – Achilla, Curio

Dead Man Walking – Joseph de Rocher

I pagliacci – Silvio, Tonio

Cosí fan Tutte – Guglielmo
Der Stein der Weisen- Lubano
Die Zauberflöte – Papageno





In the press

“…baritone Jordan Shanahan; his performance managed to tread a fine line between boyish eagerness and a more mature sense of vocal dignity. His poetic rendering of “On the beach at night, alone” was a highlight of the evening. Mr. Shanahan’s vocal power and clarity were in ample evidence”
Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony
at Carnegie Hall Oberon’s Grove
“Saturday’s highlights included baritone Jordan Shanahan, whose voice was like hot coals. “
Verdi Requiem
Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
“…charismatic baritone Jordan Shanahan, who gave the convicted murderer Joseph de Rocher a completely human complexity that mixed the killer’s darkness with a spiritual spark. His fine baritone voice sounded beautiful or rough in turn when his music called for it, and it was intelligently used throughout, in the service of the drama. The confession scene with Joe and Sister Helen was throat-grabbingly intense; his execution took your breath away.”
Dead Man Walking
Sarah Bryan Miller, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
“…some standout performances, the most obvious being baritone Jordan Shanahan as Alberich, … Mr. Shanahan’s Alberich is powerfully sung and dramatically convincing.”
Das Rheingold
Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX St. Louis
“…With his rich baritone, Jordan Shanahan proved sympathetic as Rodolfo’s painter friend Marcello.”
La bohème
Jim Lowe, Vermont Times-Argus
“…Baritone Jordan Shanahan certainly has a future in the role of Figaro. Confident and impulsive, the vain “factotum of the city” was suavely portrayed. Shanahan’s giddy “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” earned both laughs and respect from listeners.”
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Christopher Blank, Go Memphis
“…his warm lyric baritone always has a delicate edge that stays with you… he was a model of musical precision, economy and refinement.”
Pique Dame
Brian Kellow, Opera News
“…Effective and well presented was Jordan Shanahan in the role of a bespectacled student, the Hawaiian baritone sang in a remarkably high range and with beautiful dynamics.” – Translated from the original Italian
Dario Ascoli, Oltrecultura
“…Honors must go first to Jordan Shanahan. His is not the snarling baritone one frequently hears in this role. He gave instead an exemplary display of bel canto, and his acting (for once he actually looked the same generation as Lucia) was properly bullying and, in the mad scene, tormented by what he saw.”
Lucia di Lammermoor
Alan Montgomery, Opera News
“The role of Enrico, Lucia’s brother and the motivating force that drives the opera, was superbly sung by baritone Jordan Shanahan. He is also a keen actor, and he had delineated his character to make a man once sympathetic and hated. His solos were gorgeously sung, and he was expert in making his ensemble pieces significant parts of the drama.”
Lucia di Lammermoor
Dan Wolfe, Vermont Times-Sentinel
“Jordan Shanahan’s beautiful baritone and aristocratic bearing made his sympathetic Prince Yeletsky into a complete, believable character, and his Act II aria was the highlight of the evening.”
Pique Dame
Sarah Bryan Miller, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
“As Figaro, handsome baritone Shanahan was clearly the audience favorite. He is a fun-loving, nimble, articulate, charming and charismatic performer who clearly enjoys the role and lights up the stage each time he appears.”
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Keith Kreitman, San Jose Mercury News
“Jordan Shanahan’s powerful baritone and equally strong acting skills bring haunting life to the condemned anti-hero of contemporary composer Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of the (nonmusical) film that starred Sean Penn. It’s a truly memorable performance.”
Dead Man Walking
Brad Haynes, Orlando Sentinel



Photo's, Video & Audio
The Protector
Written on Skin
Das Rheingold
Joseph De Rocher
Dead Man Walking
Stanley Kowalski
A Streetcar Named Desire
Die Fledermaus






North American/Worldwide Representation:
Encompass Arts, LLC New York Office 119 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023
European Representation:
Encompass Arts, LLC New York Office 119 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023


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