Dr. MITCHELL HUTCHINGS

Dr. Mitchell Hutchings
DMA, Eastman School of Music
MM, Florida State University
BM, Western Carolina University
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise:
Voice Performance
Opera
Vocal Pedagogy

Email: mhutchings@fau.edu
Office Phone:561-297-4065
Office: AL 251

Mitchell Hutchings

Mitchell Hutchings, baritone, has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and abroad. His accolades include being a first-place winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Professional Opera Division, as well as a recipient of the esteemed Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award. He has performed as a soloist in principal roles with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Hartford Opera Theater, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Immersion Repertory, Charlottesville Opera, Rochester Lyric Opera, Gulfshore Opera, and the National Lyric Opera of New York. Dr. Hutchings is also a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences®. In 2023, he played a pivotal role as a producer for the classical albums Cobalt, Jade, Amethyst ♀ and d'Arc by Sarah Hutchings, which collectively earned three Global Music Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Most recently, Dr. Hutchings was part of a winning team that shared a $15,000 OPERA America Innovation Grant through San Diego Opera’s international technology-driven project: Opera Hack 3.0.

Dr. Hutchings has been featured for his work as a vocal pedagogue in CS Music (Classical Singer online), Operapolitan, Schmopera, and Modern Singer. In addition, he participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, held at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He has been a guest artist clinician with Opera Orlando, MusicFor International at L’Ateneo Internazionale della Lirica di Sulmona (Italy), and Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (Mexico). Dr. Hutchings is the Artistic Director of FAU Opera Theatre and education abroad Program Faculty Leader for FAU Opera in Italy.

Applied voice students from Mitchell Hutchings’ studio have performed with Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera (Grounded workshop), the National Symphony Orchestra, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Palm Beach Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Ohio Light Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Pensacola Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Finger Lakes Opera, the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy, the Russian Opera Workshop, and others. Many of the same students have also won prizes at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions and the Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition. In addition, they have competed in the district, regional, and national semi-final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Former applied voice students have been offered acceptance with scholarship offers at Yale University, Florida State University, Mannes School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, Stony Brook University, University of Arizona, Penn State University, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also had a former student participate in the Joyce DiDonato Master Class series at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Commercial artists who have worked with Dr. Hutchings have toured internationally and have been featured in Rolling Stone.

Performance highlights include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, John Proctor in The Crucible, Michele in Il tabarro, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Ben in The Telephone, Father in Ragtime, and he was “exemplary” (Sylva Herald ) in the title role in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, under the direction of Terrence Mann, where “his range and presence commanded attention any time he was on stage.” Dr. Hutchings received training as a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Maine, and Dicapo Opera Theatre.

Concert credits include Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the National Sacred Honor Choir in Carnegie Hall, and the Beethoven Mass in C with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Mitchell Hutchings holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University (Young Alumnus Award), a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University (Thirty Under 30 Distinguished Young Alumni), and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (voice) from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in South Florida with his spouse, composer Dr. Sarah Hutchings.

Personal website: www.mitchellhutchings.com

A poster for the FAU Opera in Italy Education Abroad program 2024