Vocalist and Guitarist Carl Hengen wields a sizeable Tenor voice described as “heroic,” “clarion,” and “powerful,” as well as possessing a secure Tenor high C, and even notes above. Mr. Hengen has sung leading operatic roles such as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Snowman in Rorem’s A Childhood Miracle and Donald in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry. Most recently, Mr. Hengen returned to the role of Nemorino in Michigan State Opera Theatre’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore. Additional credits include Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin-In-Italy, and Benvolio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Maryland Lyric Opera. He has also enjoyed performing with the chorus at Annapolis Opera for productions of La Bohème and Rigoletto.
In addition to operatic credits, Mr. Hengen enjoys a career performing locally both as a soloist and in ensemble with the Central Maryland Chorale, as cantor at the Shrine of St. Jude in downtown Baltimore, and as soloist or in ensemble at many other churches in Maryland. He also teaches Italian Diction at the Baltimore School for the Arts. His vocal performance experience extends beyond the classical style as well, having performed singing in ensembles in the styles of jazz, rock, and musical theater, among others.
Beyond Classical Voice, Mr. Hengen enjoys playing guitar, which was his instrument initially when he began attending college. He studied with one of Baltimore’s most notable professional guitarists, Tobias Hurwitz, who plays lead guitar for the Ravens’ Marching Band. Mr. Hengen taught guitar privately as well as at local kids’ rock music camp DayJams (chapter now known as Rock Star Jam), and has enjoyed a career of performing in bands of various styles not limited to Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Rock, Metal, and even in orchestra for local musical theater productions. He has also studied violin, clarinet, piano, and upright bass, and worked as audio recording engineer. Mr. Hengen’s diverse background supplies a wealth of experience to draw from when performing or teaching virtually any particular style.
Mr. Hengen holds an Associate’s Degree in Music from The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland College Park, and studied with Metropolitan Opera Alum Richard Fracker while earning his Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University.