Antoine James Hodge was a critically acclaimed opera singer who was best known for his performance in George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Mildred Wingfield and Larry Hodge gave birth to Hodge on August 5, 1982, in Albany, Georgia. Hodge was educated in the Dougherty school system, graduating from Dougherty High School in 2000 and earning a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Georgia State University in 2004.
Hodge has worked with over fifteen professional troupes and theater companies during his two-decade career, including Opera Louisiane in Baton Rouge, Charlottesville Opera in Virginia, the Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado, and Winter Opera St. Louis. Hodge was a bass-baritone who also performed in concert halls with his rich voice. Hodge performed Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major, Verdi’s Messa de Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and other classical works on the concert stage.
In the film “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Hodge played King Balthazar. The bass soloist in Gerald Finzi’s “In terra pax,” Dr. Grenvil in “La Traviata,” Don Basilio in “ll Barbiere di Siviglia,” and Ferrando in “ll Trovatore.” Following the initial years of the production, he was invited to return in a variety of roles.
Hodge was living in New York at the time of his death, and he could be found on Sundays at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Unless Hodge was present, the church was frequently visited by tourists who left during services. His ambitions of performing on a larger stage were realized when he auditioned for several roles in the Metropolitan Opera House’s 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess,” and was cast as an ensemble member.
He was excited to play his old role again. Hodge also worked as a bodyguard for actor Adam Driver in the 2019 Houston Theatre production of Burn This.
After a two-month battle with COVID-19, Antione Hodge died on February 22, 2021, at the AdventHealth Orlando Hospital, where he had been flown for treatment. He was 38 years old, and he is survived by his parents, sister Angela Jones, and a large number of relatives and friends. The Metropolitan Opera House dedicated its opening night performance to Antione Hodge in the fall of 2021.