Baritone Harlan Jennings is associate professor of voice at the Michigan State University College of Music. He received a Bachelor of Music at Washburn University, a Master of Music from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Jennings has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, the Michigan Opera Theatre, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City, Opera Grand Rapids, the Toledo Opera, the Lyric Opera of Northern Michigan, the Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, the Northern Indiana Opera Association, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Opera.
His 40-odd roles in opera and musical theatre include Sharpless in "Madame Butterfly," Count Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro," Dr. Malatesta in "Don Pasquale," Sergeant Belcore in "The Elixir of Love," Guglielmo in "Cosi fan tutte," Mack-the-Knife in "Threepenny Opera," and the title role in "Don Giovanni." Jennings has sung with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Toledo Chamber Ensemble and the Toledo Symphony. A versatile performer, he has appeared frequently in recital, oratorio and on Public Television in the "Artistry of . . ." series. A frequent guest lecturer at regional and national conferences, Jennings is the author of a number of articles concerning opera in the American West.