Justin Spenner, baritone, holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (MM) and UW-Stevens Point (BM). Justin has performed with the Mill City Summer Opera for four seasons now, starting as a Studio Artist for their inaugural season, and more currently as a Teaching Artist and Cover (Fiorello, Il barbierre di Siviglia, Sciarrone, Tosca, and Coporale, La Fille du Regiment). Possessing a deep passion for education has allowed a flourishing private studio in the Twin Cities, as well as a partnership with the U of M/Guthrie Theater Arts Program. Also in the realm of Teaching Artist, Justin sang Wolfgang in John Davie’s The Three Little Pigs at the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival in Ottumwa, IA, and was featured In Residence at UW-Stevens Point where he presented a recital and Masterclass. Recent performance credits include Melisso in Picnic Operetta’s Alcina’s Island, three seasons as an ensemble member of the MN Opera Chorus, and Beethoven’s 9th with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale. With the U of M he has performed Demetrius, (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and covered Ford, (Falstaff), and has performed the roles of Papageno (The Magic Flute), and Marco (Gianni Schicchi) at UWSP. An active recitalist, Justin has presented concerts of Bach, Dichterliebe, Die Winterreise, and Mussorgsky’s The Songs and Dances of Death across the Twin Cities and Wisconsin. Upcoming performances include the MET Council Auditions
in January, performances of Die Winterreise in the spring of 2016, and Ensemble in Tosca with the MN Opera. Justin Spenner is a2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient for his proposal which will integrate Schubert's Die Winterreise with Dance and Media Art to exploit the themes of mental illness in Müller's poetry.