Brian Hotchkin is a bass-baritone, vocal instructor, stage director, and opera administrator. Hailed for his "strong and effortless voice" and his "unerring, witty sense of theater,” he has performed with companies around the country, including Virginia Opera, Opera New Jersey, the Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Opera Chicago, and Opera Santa Barbara.
His many operatic roles include both the title role and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro,” Marcello and Schaunard in Puccini’s “La bohème,” and Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly.” Equally at home in musical theater, Brian has performed leading roles including KoKo in “The Mikado,” Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and Merlyn/Pellinore in Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot.” Locally, he is a frequent soloist with ensembles including Quire of Voyces, the Mission Schola, and the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.
As a stage director, Brian has led productions of Adam Guettel’s “The Light in the Piazza” and “Sweeney Todd” for Ventura College. He was on the voice faculty at Resound Northwest in Portland, OR and has a private voice studio in Santa Barbara.
As an arts administrator, Brian served as Company Manager, Artistic Administrator, and Public Relations Manager for Opera Santa Barbara. Brian has studied with noted voice teachers including Judith Haddon, David L. Jones, Jack Li Vigni, and W. Stephen Smith. He holds degrees from DePaul University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.