Michael Hofmann is a performer, artist, arts administrator, and opera stage director based in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Hofmann's directorial debut, a semi-staged production of Bernstein's Candide with The Orchestra Now in February 2017, was was noted as "stunning in its brilliance, humor, and overall gestalt... an astonishing accomplishment" (Millbrook Independent). Other operatic production credits include stage director for Bard College’s 2018-19 Opera Workshop scenes program, stage director for the June 2018 New York premiere of Constantin Basica’s Knot an Opera with Fresh Squeezed Opera, assistant stage director for R. B. Schlather’s November 2017 production of The Mother of Us All in Hudson, New York, stage director for the Special Music High School's Opera Scenes program at the Kaufman Music Center in May 2017, and assistant stage director for Nic Muni’s production of Higglety Pigglety Pop!/Magic Flute Redux in March 2016 with the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program.
Hofmann enjoys a diverse schedule of small ensemble singing, freelance graphic design, and administrative work as the Executive Assistant at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Notable performances include the July 2017 New York City premiere of Griffin Candey's Sweets By Kate as Joe Brigmann at Stonewall Inn with startup company OperaRox Productions, his “delightfully blustery” (Taminophile) interpretation of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro also with OperaRox in August 2015, Raphael in Haydn’s Creation with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein in April 2015, and his creation of the role of Harlan Hubbard in the premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Payne Hollow in March 2014. Hofmann was a core ensemble member for three seasons of the medieval music drama, The Play of Daniel at Trinity Wall Street, produced by Gotham Early Music Scene and directed by Drew Minter.
A New Jersey native, Hofmann trained as a multi-instrumentalist through high school; he later earned a B.A. in music from Vassar College and an M.M. in voice from the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program.
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