Sidney Outlaw
Baritone
New England First Place Winner, 2006

Recently awarded Second Prize in the Naumburg Foundation 2014 International Vocal Competition, Sidney Outlaw has joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for 2014-2015, covering Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer. The baritone started the season at the Five Boroughs Music Festival in their celebration of “200 Years of American Song,” and will be heard in recital under the auspices of Carnegie Hall in their Neighborhood Recital Series. Sidney also sings Haydn’s “Creation” and Handel’s “Messiah” with the Oratorio of New York and joins the Baltimore Symphony for “Messiah.” Next summer Sidney makes his Spoleto Festival (US) debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess. In the 2013-2014 season, Sidney was Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with North Carolina Opera and made his Atlanta Opera debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. His orchestral engagements included Mendelssohn’s “Walpurgisnacht” and the Mozart “Requiem” with the Oratorio Society of New York, the title role in Bruch’s “Moses” with the American Symphony Orchestra, “Messiah” with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall and with the Orchestra of London in Ontario, Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” with the Asheville Symphony, and Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” at Tanglewood.

 

A native of Brevard, North Carolina, Sidney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Masters degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School. The baritone participated in Young Artist programs at Opera North in New Hampshire (2003), the Music Academy of the West (2005), Florida Grand Opera (2007, 2008), the Merola Opera Program (2010) and the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (2011). Early roles included Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and Agamemnon in Gluck’s Iphigenie in Aulide at Juilliard; Il Baron di Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims at the Music Academy of the West; Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Marquis D'Obigney in La traviata, and Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Florida Grand Opera; Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Merola; and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera North.

 

In 2009 Sidney made his international debut as Guglielmo in both Germany and Israel. Other mainstage roles have included Malcolm in Anthony Davis’ The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Orpheus in Telemann’s Orpheus at New York City Opera, Guglielmo with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the International Vocal Arts Institute, Ariodante in Handel’s Xerxes with Pocket Opera NYC, Yamadori with Opera on the James, the title role in Don Giovanni in Aix-en-Provence, Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer in his English National Opera debut, and Schaunard in La bohème with Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville.

 

A frequent presence on the concert stage in both recital and orchestral performance, in the 2012-2013 season Sidney traveled to Guinea as an Arts Envoy with the United States Department of State, where he performed a program of American music in honor of Black History Month and in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. The baritone also made his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in songs of Strauss and Vaughan Williams, and his Schwabacher Recital debut at the San Francisco Opera Center, appeared as a Priest in the New York Philharmonic’s presentation of Dallapiccola’s “Il prigioniero,” and sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the New York Choral Society. Sidney was John Stevens in the world premiere concert of H. Leslie Adam’s opera Blake at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York, and took part in the world premiere of Wayne Oquin’s “A Time to Break Silence: Songs inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” commissioned by The Juilliard School. He recently made his first opera recording, singing the role of Apollo in the first-ever recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle (Oresteia of Aeschylus), produced by the University Musical Society at the University of Michiganfor Naxos Records.

 

His 2014 Naumberg Vocal Competition Second Prize was the most recent of Sidney’s many awards: the Grand Prize in the 2010 Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserratt Caballé, Second Prize in the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards and the Oratorio Society competitions, semi-finalist in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, finalist in both Concours International Musical de Montréal and George London Foundation, Grand Prize in the Florida Grand Opera/YPO Vocal Competition., and first place in the North Carolina Teachers of Singing Contests (N.A.T.S.) for four consecutive years from 2000-2003. Sidney also won the 2003 Richard Strauss Award in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition and First Place in the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition, and in 2005 received the Bellini Award at the Orpheus National Vocal Competition and an Encouragement award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition.

 

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