Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor

Presented at the Annual Founder's Dinner

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Hugh Panaro, BMUS '85

The Temple University General Alumni Association is pleased to present Hugh Panaro with the Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor for his illustrious career in musical theater.

Hugh Panaro is a widely recognized and respected stage performer who recently returned to Broadway to play the title role of The Phantom of the Opera at the Magestic Theater.  Mr. Panaro is one of the few actors to have played both Raoul (1991) and the Phantom (1999) in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Mr. Panaro has performed professionally since the age of 13 and made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables as Marius, a role he originated in the first national company.  Mr. Panaro created the roles of Buddy in Side Show and Julian in The Red Shoes.  He made his West End debut in the original London Company of Harold Prince's Show Boat as Ravenal, a role he played on Broadway and in Toronto.  In Los Angeles, he was Fanklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along and received an Ovation nomination for his performance as Kenneth in Call Me Madam, both for Reprise!

As a concert artist, Mr. Panaro has performed with symphony orchestras across the United States and abroad and had the privilege of appearing in the world premiere of Penderecki's Te Deum at Carnegie Hall.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Jerome Kern Treasury recorded for EMI/Angel records at the famed Abbey Road in London and in the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

Studying with the late Robert Grooters, Mr. Panaro graduated in 1985 from the Esther Boyer College of Music.