Dutch-American, Seattle-native baritone Galen Dole finished his vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht under the coaching of Frans Kokkelmans. He made his opera debut with Opera Zuid in 2018 with the role of the family doctor "Doc" in Bernstein's A Quiet Place—a perhaps prophetic role considering that he completed his Bachelor in Medicine the following spring. Since then Galen has collaborated regularly with Opera Zuid and other companies. He has sung the roles of Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Dancairo (Carmen), and Starveling (A Midsummer Night's Dream) among others, and premiered the role of Moses in Jan-Peter de Graaff's Het Gouden Kalf. This year (2023) Galen will play Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Don Quixote in a children's adaptation of the Massenet.
Next to opera and oratorio, Galen enjoys singing with fellow baritones Kyle Bejnerowicz and Jop van Gennip in his trio, the Diamond Baritones (www.diamondbaritones.com). He also arranges pieces from opera, musical theater, jazz, and pop for the Dimaonds. When he's not singing, can be found in his natural habitat: bouldering, hiking, gaming, and baking sourdough.
Before he began singing classically, Galen sang a cappella with the University of Rochester YellowJackets, with whom he appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off alongside Pentatonix. During this time Galen completed his first Bachelor of Arts in Music with minors in Mathematics and Psychology. In 2014 he received awards for outstanding arrangements and choreography from the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.