Spencer Hamlin has been praised by Opera News for his “scintillatingly smooth” and “dazzling Italianate voice.” Engagements in 2021 include a role and company debut as Mr. Angel in The Impresario with Syracuse Opera; Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Theater of Connecticut; Messiah with Symphoria; and Monostatos in The Magic Flute and Ruiz in Il Trovatore with the Glimmerglass Festival, where he previously sang Chekalinsky in The Queen of Spades and covered Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles. He sang Don José in a virtual production of Carmen with Brooklyn College Conservatory, and performed as a soloist in Playhouse on Park’s filmed production of All is Calm.
Spencer was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera during their 2019 Winter Season where he sang Il principe di Persia in Turandot. He sang Almaviva in New York City Opera’s Bryant Park series of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and made his NYCO debut as Detective Thibodeau in the New York premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. He was tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Waterbury Chorale as well as The Urgency of Love (Theofanidis) with the New Haven Chorale.
Upcoming engagements include the roles of Rabbi, Mussolini, Merchant, Cantor, Uncle Federico, and Councilman in New York City Opera’s premiere of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Ricky Ian Gordon and Second Nazarene in Salome with Tulsa Opera.
Additional performances with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance series, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, and various ensembles at the University of Connecticut.