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Ganson Salmon

Noted by The New York Times as a "dashing lyric tenor," Indiana native Ganson Salmon has gained recognition for his "powerful and nuanced" performances in New York City and abroad (Opera News). Most recently, he appeared as Rodolfo in La Bohème with First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Florida, and as Prince Karl Franz in Romberg’s The Student Prince with Regina Opera.

In 2022, Ganson returned to Tel Aviv, Israel to sing Don José in Carmen with Tel Aviv Summer Opera, where he also jumped in as Rodolfo in La Bohéme. He returned to Ball State University as a guest artist to perform as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. In summer 2021, he was a fellow at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In his hometown in 2020, Ganson debuted as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Indianapolis Opera.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ganson spent two seasons with Sarasota Opera, where he jumped in to make his role debut as Roméo in Roméo & Juliette, covered the Duke in Rigoletto, and performed Pong in Turandot, and First Armored Man/Second Priest in The Magic Flute.

In the 2018/19 Season, he performed Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Tel Aviv Summer Opera, and Rodolfo in La Bohème with both Pittsburgh Festival Opera and the Algonquin Arts Theatre in New Jersey. He also returned to Indiana for performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra.

Ganson received his Master’s in Music from Mannes School of Music, where he performed as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and Anatol in Vanessa. While at Mannes, he also performed Schumann's Dichterliebe at the Consulate of Germany in New York City.


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