Baritone Aaron Wardell has been praised for his rich, attractive voice and ease in versatile repertoire. He is in demand as a performer of opera, oratorio and concert in the Midwest and beyond. He regularly appears with Chicago-based groups including Chamber Opera Chicago, Chicago Fringe Opera and Haymarket Opera. He was most recently seen as Falke in Die Fledermaus with The New Philharmonic Orchestra and sang the role of Dr. Raymond in the world premiere of Ross Creanʼs The Great God Pan with Chicago Fringe Opera. Previously he appeared as Le Roy in the modern-day premiere of Maraisʼ Ariane et Bachus with Haymarket Opera and as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Chamber Opera Chicago. Last season he sang Angelotti in Tosca with the Fort Wayne Symphony and Emile de Becque in South Pacific with the La Porte Symphony. Upcoming engagements include Beethovenʼs 9th Symphony with Promusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus.
He has also sung operatic roles with the Castleton Festival, Dayton Opera, Opera Tampa, Central City Opera and internationally at Teatro National de Sucre in Ecuador including Marcello (La Bohème), Junius (Rape of Lucretia), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) Don Pizarro (Fidelio), John Sorel (The Consul) and the title role in Don Giovanni. Equally at home on the concert stage, last season he sang with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Brahmsʼ Ein Deutches Requiem and in Mozartʼs Requiem with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus.
During his collegiate studies he performed the roles of Marcello (La Bohème), Albert (Werther), Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Don Inigo Gomez (L'heure espagnole) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). He also sang the lead bass role in the collegiate premiere of Dominick Argento's The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, and was a soloist in such concert works as Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Stravinsky's Les Noces, and Arvo Pärt's Passio.
Aaron completed his formal musical training at Western Michigan University, then attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma certificate in Opera.