Twyla Robinson



Biography

Twyla Robinson is regularly invited to perform with many of the world's leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Houston Symphony.  She has worked with conductors including Christophe Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hans Graf and Michael Tilson Thomas. 

This season, Ms. Robinson has been heard in performances of Janá?ek's Glagolitic Mass with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano in Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall, Brahms' Requiem with the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson, and she opened the season with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the New Jersey Symphony and new Music Director Jacques Lacombe.  She returns to the National Symphony for these performances of Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony with Christoph Eschenbach and makes her debut with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly in performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"; a piece she will perform with the Milwaukee Symphony and Edo de Waart.  On the opera stage, Ms. Robinson will make her company and role debut this season with San Diego Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.

Previous engagements include Lyric Symphony with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in Sydney, New Zealand, Bochum and with Orchestre National de Paris.  She has performed Strauss' Four Last Songs with The Cleveland Orchestra and at Opéra National de Paris in a tribute to famed choreographer Maurice Béjart.  Ms. Robinson is highly praised for her portrayal of Mozart heroines, including Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and she made her Wagnerian debut in the summer of 2010 as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Cincinnati Opera.  A frequent recitalist, Ms. Robinson has been heard on the stages of Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta.  She sang Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn as part of San Francisco Opera's Song Recital Series, followed by four solo recitals throughout the United States under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, finishing with her recital debut at Carnegie Hall.  She joined other world-renowned artists in 2004 at Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 70th birthday of Ms. Horne.  Ms. Robinson is a Grand-Prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program with San Francisco Opera.  Her recordings include Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, Brahms' Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with Pierre Boulez and the Berlin Staatskappelle, Schubert's Fierrabras with Franz Welser-Möst on DVD with EMI, and Strauss' Elektra and Daphne with Semyon Bychkov and the West German Radio Orchestra on the Decca label.

Updated: March 14, 2011
Twyla Robinson