Russell Hoke - Biography Q&A
Russell is a seasoned and powerful singer acclaimed for his vocal richness and warmth. He has performed on stages in Europe, the U.K., Brazil, and in houses across the U.S. Having come to opera via a non-traditional path, Russell studied privately opposed to going to conservatory or college; he is finding his place in the Italian traditions of opera and Verdi in particular. Making his Verdi debut in 2013, he sang the role of Giorgio Germont in La Traviata upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil where he sang the villains from Offenbach’s masterwork, Les Contes D’Hoffman. Russell is also pleased to once again be sharing the stage with Mr. Gartner - having performed with him in Barber of Seville and Faust along with many concerts and events. Russell is also glad to once again perform with tenor Johnny Huerta. They became fast friends during their time in Brazil and have worked with Phoenix Opera together in concert.
Russell’s roles include Germont from La Traviata, Nabucco from Nabucco, Dottore Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Dr. Dulcamara in Elixir of Love, zio Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and many more.