Baritone and Oregon native Luke MacMillan currently studies at the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program under the direction of world renowned Soprano Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Sanford Sylvan, and Erika Switzer. This year at Bard he was featured in various concerts with the Albany Symphony, singing excerpts and arias from operas by mozart, handel, and Verdi. This spring he will sing as the Swineherd in John Harbison's Opera Full Moon In March, Join the bard baroque ensemble in a performance of bruhns and rameau cantatas, and present his graduate recital, completing his masters degree.
This summer he will join the janiec opera company at Brevard, singing as dandini in La cenerentola, covering maximilian in candide, and as soloist in leonard bernstein's Mass, conducted by maestro Keith lockhart.
Last year, he sang as Maximilian in Candide with The Orchestra Now and collaborated with the Bard College Baroque Ensemble in their spring concert, singing excerpts from Heinrich Schütz's Symphoniae sacrae. He also took part in First Songs, the biennial concert series that premieres living composers' works, held in Boston, New York City, and at Bard.
as a 2017 young artist with opera saratoga, he worked with John mauceri on a historical and commercially recorded production of The Cradle Will Rock. He also sang in their summer concert series and played the Keeper of the inn in their production of Falstaff.
Before coming to Bard, he spent two years away from academia, first interning with the Third Avenue Playhouse in Door County, Wisconsin, and then moving back to Oregon to resume his vocal studies there with Pamela South and Richard Bower. He later returned to the Third Avenue Playhouse in a modernized and English language version of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, alternatively titled Maid To Marry. Adapted and directed by composer and Broadway veteran James Valcq, this production garnered Luke a nomination for "Best Actor in A Musical" from Milwaukee's BroadwayWorld.com.
After working with TAP, he sang Guglielmo with the newly formed Portland based opera company Ping&Woof. This modernized staging premiered in Portland, and was later revived and revised for black box theater at the Columbia Center for The Arts. In this time he also performed with the Madison Bach Musicians in their annual winter concert, and was the second place finalist in the Northwest Young Singers Competition.
A graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory class of 2014, he started his classical vocal studies with Professor Karen Leigh-Post, while also further exploring acting and non-musical theater under the guidance of Professors Tim Troy and Kathy Privatt. His opera performances at Lawrence include featured roles as Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Coridon/First Fairy in The Fairy Queen, and multiple roles in Hindemith's Hin und zurück. He also had the opportunity to work with Dale Duesing, singing for him in a master class and occasionally coaching with him.
In 2013 he studied abroad in Vienna where he met and studied with Sebastian Vittucci and further solidified his interest in classical vocal music. That summer he joined the College Light Opera Company for one season, with highlighted performances including Falke in Die Fledermaus and The Postman in The Most Happy Fella. A few months later he helped form the Lawrence University affiliated Greyfell Theater Company.
Aside from performing, Luke also enjoys writing. His first play, titled Somewhere North, was one of three winners of the Fred Gaines Playwrighting Contest and premiered in the spring of 2015.