Opera Singer, Conductor & Music Educator
Critics have described Mr. Blanchard's voice as... "dynamic and virtuosic..."rich and expressive." Among his many awards and recognitions, Mr. Blanchard was a first place winner in the Opera Memphis/University of Memphis National Singer's Search auditions, where he worked with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Mr. Sherrill Milnes. He is also a Gil Rau Choral Scholar, a King/Chavez/Parks Fellow and a "2001" Classical Division winner in the inaugural vocal competition sponsored by the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Blanchard has made appearances with numerous opera companies and music festivals throughout North America including the Grand Teton Music Festival Opera (Wyoming), Lake Afton Early Music Festival (Pennsylvania), Opera Delaware, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Dorian Opera Theatre (Iowa), Music Society of Midland (Michigan), Central Michigan Opera Works, The Delaware Humanities Forum Players, Michigan State Opera Theatre, and BCV Performing Artist Opera and Concert Artists of which he is founder and Artistic Director. Mr. Blanchard has concertized throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He has been a featured performer at the Kirchentag Festival in Bremen Germany, Yardley Early Music Festival among others. Special guest performances have included recitals and guest appearances in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Dublin, Ireland and Sorento, Italy. Blanchard has earned degrees in music education, voice and conducting. He received the DMA from Michigan State University's College of Music. (SEE ABOVE FOR FULL BIO)