Branden C.S. Hood recently returned from Germany performing in Die lustigen weiber von Windsor as Falstaff. He will return this summer to perform Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro. In 2013 Mr. Hood performed the title role of Don Giovanni with The Lyric Opera of Weimar, in Wiemar, Germany. He was awarded with an Encouragement Award from the Michigan District of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010. He has attended the young artist programs of Prelude to Performance: Martina Arroyo Foundation, Pine Mountain Music Festival (2010), Opera Saratoga (Outreach Artist 2010), and Dayton Opera (2009). He earned his Bachelor of Music in Opera Emphasis/Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory in 2005. There he received The Presser Foundation Award and won the Encouragement Award from the Mario Lanza Institute. Mr. Hood received his Master of Music from The University of Michigan in 2007, and studied with the late Shirley Verrett. In 2009, Mr. Hood received his Specialist Degree at The University of Michigan, studying with Prof. Stephen West.