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Zachary Gordin (born November 23, 1979 in Castro Valley, California) is an American baritone who performs leading roles in operatic productions and major concert works with orchestras and choruses.
As a child in the San Francisco Bay Area, he displayed a strong interest in classical music, and opera, and at age three he began piano and organ studies. Among his musical influences were his great-grandfather, Verne Clark Gordin, an organist, who encouraged his early musical development. He studied piano and organ during his youth and at age 15, his focus shifted to include harpsichord building and performance. He was the resident harpsichord technician for MusicSources and California State University, Hayward (now California State University, East Bay). After hearing him sing an alto aria before a harpsichord lesson, it was Laurette Goldberg who urged him to pursue singing as a profession. Major voice teachers include Sheri Greenawald, Carol Vaness, and Olivia Stapp.
Gordin began his singing career as a boy soprano soloist in the Golden Gate Boys Choir, making guest appearances in concerts with choruses and churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. When his voice changed, he pursued the countertenor repertoire, performing the role of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in concert at Berkeley Opera in 2000. He performed recitals around the US and Europe, and other countertenor/sopranist roles in operas, including both Dido and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with Oakland Lyric Opera in 2001, and Wilder in the world premiere of Earthrise (composed by Lewis Spratlan) at San Francisco Opera.