Hans Grunwald studies with J. Patrick Raftery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Born and raised in Santa Cruz in northern California, Hans has performed solo recitals, musical theater, and opera. In 2022, Hans was a national finalist in the Schmidt Vocal Arts Undergraduate Competition. Later that year, he was awarded a Schubert Fellowship to attend Songfest at the San Francisco Conservatory. Hans’ performance experience includes roles in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Giuseppe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, as well as a full season with the Santa Cruz Chorale led by renowned conductor Christian Grube. Hans previously studied with Wendy Hillhouse of Stanford University. At the Lehrer Vocal Institute, Hans is looking forward to furthering his training as a recitalist as well as taking on the role of Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème. In his free time, Hans enjoys cooking, surfing, and hiking in beautiful Northern California.