Bass Duncan Hartman’s powerful turn as the terrifying Pa Dowling in New York Opera Fest’s 2016 production of Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah garnered universal critical acclaim, with Front Row Center proclaiming him “…magnificent in stature and voice…his impact is huge,” and the Wall Street Journal singling him out as “impressive.” More recently, Opera News reported that “As William Jennings Bryan, Duncan Hartman brought a wonderfully granitic basso to his “Cross of Gold” scene, which can risk seeming static when delivered by less theatrically astute singers.”
Internationally, Mr. Hartman has sung with the New Israeli Opera, toured over 20 cities in Europe with both the New Bulgarian National Opera and the Teatro Lirico di Milano, and appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico. He was also featured in the Armel Opera Festival’s international telecast of Pasatieri’s The Seagull. In the U.S., he has sung leading roles with Opera Colorado, Dayton Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Boise Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., Dicapo Opera Theatre, and New York’s “spunky” Amore Opera.
An active concert performer, Mr. Hartman has appeared several times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, most recently in Mozart’s Requiem with Maestro John Rutter conducting. He has also been a soloist with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Flint Symphony, Connecticut Symphony, Dartmouth Symphony, Florida Symphony, Yorktown Symphony, and Jefferson Symphony, as well as New York’s historic Canterbury Choral Society, and the Monmouth Civic Chorale.
As a winner of the prestigious Artists International Auditions, Duncan was presented in recital at New York’s Weill Recital Hall. He has also received awards from the National Opera Association, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Wagner Society of New York, and the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Mr. Hartman was the inaugural recipient of the Naomi Music Productions and Recordings Rising Star Opera Award, and was a Finalist in the Altamura/Enrico Caruso International Voice Competition.
He can also be heard as the voice of “The Wizard of the Deep” on the hit internet video game, The Dawn of Fantasy, and as Bob Cratchit on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Pasatieri’s God Bless Us Every One.
“But Duncan Hartman’s vivid malevolence as Don Pizzaro was a show-stealing performance.”
– American Record Guide
FIDELIO – Sarasota Opera