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Morris Robinson


Morris Robinson is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and sought after basses performing today. 

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in their production of Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (both in the original production and in a new children's English version), the King in Aida, and in roles in Nabucco, Tannhäuser, and the new productions of Les Troyens and Salome. He has also appeared at the Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Wolf Trap Opera, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Timur in Turandot, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino, Ferrando in Il trovatore, and Fasolt in Das Rheingold.

Also a prolific concert singer, he has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (in Chicago and at the Ravinia Festival), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Met Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, and at the Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen Music Festivals. He also appeared at Carnegie Hall as part of Jessye Norman's HONOR! Festival. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Savannah Music Festival, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

His first album, Going Home, was released on the Decca label.

This season, he made his debuts at the San Francisco as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Joe in Show Boat, and the Vancouver Opera as Ramfis in Aida, and appeared in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This summer he appears in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and next season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Ferrando in Il Trovatore and Washington National Opera in Show Boat, and makes his debut at the Houston Grand Opera in Don Giovanni and Show Boat. 

An Atlanta native, he is a graduate of The Citadel and received his musical training from the Boston University Opera Institute.

April 2012

Morris Robinson