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About Edward

A former professional poker player and organist, Canadian tenor Edward Atkinson has found his home as an interpreter of a wide variety of styles and genres. His most recent operatic roles include turns as George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, Father Grenville in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Ruggero in La Rondine, Prince Kodanda in Menotti’s The Last Savage, L’amante in Menotti’s Amelia al ballo, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

In the orchestral arena, Edward was heard last season with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist for Verdi’s Requiem, alongside Jane Dutton and Timothy Noble. His latest events have included performances as the tenor soloist for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings, and Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans. In the last year, Edward was awarded First Place and Grand Prize from the Matinee Musicale Competition and the Donald Felton Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.

In addition to his operatic and concert engagements, Edward serves as the Director of Sacred Music at Annunciation Church, Director of Sacred Music at St. Paul the Apostle Church, and as the Music Director of the Saint Ambrose Schola Cantorum. Edward completed his Master’s and Performer’s Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School, in the studio of Patricia Havranek. When not making music, Edward loves to cook with his wife, Maile.


George Bailey – It’s A Wonderful Life
BelmonteDie Entführung aus dem Serail (Act II)
Bob Boles – Peter Grimes
Rodolfo – La Bohème (Act I) 
Father Grenville – Dead Man Walking
Ruggero – La Rondine
Prince Kodanda – The Last Savage
L’Amante – Amelia al Ballo
Don Ottavio – Don Giovanni (cover)
Tamino – Die Zauberflöte (Act I)
Al – The Alamo (World Premiere)
Marcello – La Boheme (Act III)
Figaro – Le Nozze di Figaro (Acts I & II)

Concert & Oratorio

Requiem, Verdi
Requiem Mass, Mozart
Messiah, Handel
The Celestial Country, Charles Ives
Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans, Debussy
Soir sur la plaine, Boulanger
Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac, Britten
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, J. S. Bach
Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings, Britten
Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52, Brahms
The Greek Orthodox Mass, M. Arndt (World Premiere)
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Britten
Operettenklänge – Operetta Arias
Musica Sanctissima: Sacred Arias


  • M.M. Vocal Performance, The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, May 2017
  • P.D. Vocal Performance, The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, May 2015
  • B.M. Organ Performance, The Townsend School of Music, Mercer University, 2010


  • First Place & Grand Prize for the Indiana Matinee Musicale Competition, Feb 2016
  • Fellowship & Young Artist in the Opera Studio, AIMS in Graz, Jul-Aug 2016
  • Donald Felton Mem. Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Comp., Feb 2016
  • Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, fully funding international travel for one summer, Feb 2016
  • Fellowship, Artistic Excellence Award, & Full Scholarship at the IU Jacobs School of Music, 2013 thru 2017
  • Semi-finalist, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Mar 2016
  • Semi-finalist, Meistersinger Vocal Competition, Aug 2016
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Principal Artist, Lawrence Opera Works, Aug 2014
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Apprentice Artist, Highlands Opera Studio, Aug 2013
  • Finalist, Southern Illinois Young Artists Vocal Competition, March 2013
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Principal Artist, Lawrence Opera Works, Aug 2012
  • Selected soloist for NPR, KANU public radio, August 2012
  • Fellowship & Full Scholarship, Summa cum laude, University Honors Scholars, Departmental Honors at the Townsend School of Music, 2006 to 2010
  • Mercer University: Richard and Annette Chapel Scholar, Dean’s List, President’s List, 2006 to 2010
  • Finalist, National Classical Singer vocal competition, May 2010
  • Two-time recipient of The James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation grant for music studies, 2008 to 2010
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and Mu Phi Epsilon inductee, Spring 2007