Noted by the New York Times as a "dashing lyric tenor", Ganson Salmon has gained recognition for his "powerful and nuanced" performances in New York City and abroad. (Opera News)
Most recently, Salmon appeared as Ernesto in Don Pasquale with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2021, he was a fellow at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute and a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In the 2020/21 season, Salmon debuted as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Indianapolis Opera.
In the 2019/20 season, Salmon went on last minute to make his role debut as Romeo in Romeo et Juliette with Sarasota Opera, where he also covered the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. In Summer of 2019, Salmon performed as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Tel Aviv Summer Opera, and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Algonquin Arts Theatre in New Jersey. He also returned to Indiana for performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2018/19 season, Salmon joined Sarasota Opera to sing Pong in Turandot, First Armored Man and Second Priest in The Magic Flute, and to cover Beppe in Donizetti's Rita. He also returned to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for Rodolfo in La bohème.
Salmon received his Master's in Music from Mannes School of Music, where he performed as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and Anatol in Vanessa. While at Mannes, he also performed Dichterliebe at the Consulate of Germany in NYC.
In his hometown with Indianapolis Opera in 2016, Salmon made his mainstage debut as Mr. Rushworth in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, and sang in concerts previewing the world premiere of Richard Clark's Happy Birthday Wanda June.
An Italian art song devotee, Salmon was a New York Finalist of the 2016 International Tosti Competition in Ortona, Italy. Summer of 2017 found him in Novafeltria, Italy where he appeared in concerts with Classic Lyric Arts, and returning to Ortona where he studied closely with Rolando Panerai.
Salmon's other operatic credits include Rodolfo in La bohème and Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen with Ball State Opera Theater, and the Mayor in Albert Herring and Oronte in Alcina with Napa Valley Music Festival.