Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
First-year Ryan Opera Center member Rivers Hawkins is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He is an alumnus of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (Master of Music and Performer Diploma), where he performed the title role/Giulio Cesare, Leporello/Don Giovanni, and Capitán/Florencia en el Amazonas. In 2020 he was a finalist in The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition, where he won a Trustees Award and was featured in the Foundation’s documentary Down to Twelve. That year he was also a member of the Apprentice Singer Program with the Santa Fe Opera, where he was scheduled to cover Basilio/Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He is a former recipient of an International Fellowship from The Georgina Joshi Foundation, and in 2018 held a Resident Young Artist position with Hawaii Opera Theatre, performing as Zaretsky and the Captain/Eugene Onegin, the Corporal/La Fille du Régiment, and Beau/Service Provider by Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos. Rivers is also a former member of Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.
Photo: Kim Dalton