Brad Bickhardt, tenor
Praised for his “healthy and soaring tenor voice” (Herald Times), Korean-American tenor Brad Bickhardt is currently enrolled in graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Heidi Grant-Murphy. His 2020 season brings a role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with IU Opera Theater, as well as a performance as Pang in Turandot with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer he joins the roster of The Glimmerglass Festival, covering Ein Bote in Die Feen. Memorable performances from his 2019 season included Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with IU Opera Theater, as well as Hanif in Gluck’s L'île de Merlin with Wolf Trap Opera. In 2018, he appeared as Njegus in The Merry Widow with Opera Saratoga. He also showcased an ability to crossover into classical musical theatre with his performance as Tony in West Side Story with IU Opera Theater, coinciding with the school’s relationship with Leonard Bernstein in commemorating his centennial.
Mr. Bickhardt has previously appeared as a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera (2019), a studio artist with Opera Saratoga (2018), as well as an apprentice artist with Charlottesville Opera (2016). He has also appeared as a soloist in the concert repertoire having sung Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in Bb, and in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. Notable awards include an Encouragement Award from the Central Region of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (2019), Third place for the “Men in Opera (College Division)” with The American Prize (2019), as well as the Shirley-Rabb Winston Award from the Society of Arts and Letters (2018). He currently serves as an Associate Instructor of Voice at Indiana University, and enjoys running his own private voice studio, in which his students have been cast as principal roles with IU Opera and IU Theatre.
Mr. Bickhardt graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, studying under Professor Emeritus Andreas Poulimenos. He has also received instruction both in a masterclass setting as well as privately from Lawrence Brownlee.