Morris D. Robinson
Bass
New England Third Place Winner, 2001                                     review

In November of 2016 Morris Robinson will make his La Scala debut as Porgy in Porgy and Bess, but first a busy season lies ahead. The bass returns this fall to Los Angeles Opera as Oroveso in Norma, and later revisits The Dallas Opera in the iconic role of Joe in Show Boat. As the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, Morris will perform in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, and in a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, along with holiday concerts, solo recitals and master classes. He also joins the Los Angeles Chorale and the Baltimore Symphony for the Verdi “Requiem.” Last season Morris returned to Houston Grand Opera as Lodovico in Otello and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, joined Opera Philadelphia as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, the Atlanta Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and Cincinnati Opera as Ferrando in Il Trovatore.

 

A native of Atlanta who sang in the elite Atlanta Boy’s Choir, Morris attended the Northside School of the Performing Arts, participated in choir and band, and was captain of the football team. At The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. he majored in English and was a two-time All American offensive lineman. Later Morris did his vocal training at the Boston University Opera Institute, making his operatic debut  in 1999 as The King in Aida, the first opera he ever saw. Three years later, as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Morris Robinson made his Met debut as the Second Prisoner in Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Il trovatore, the King in Aida, and in roles in Nabucco, Tannhäuser, and new productions of Les Troyens and Salome.

 

Morris has also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Vancouver Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Australia, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Ramfis in Aida(Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Miami, Cincinnati, Ravinia), Sparafucile (Boston Lyric, Florida, Pittsburgh, Atlanta), the Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Houston, Tanglewood), the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo (Philadelphia, Cincinnati), Timur in Turandot(Washington National Opera), the Bonze in Madame Butterfly(Boston), Joe in Show Boat (Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Washington Opera), Sarastro (Los Angeles, Ravinia, Opera Australia). Fernando Cincinnati, the Bonze in Maddama Butterfly Boston, Seattle), Zaccaria in Nabucco (Philadelphia), Fasolt (Das Rheingold) with Los Angeles Opera; and Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio (Ravinia). 

 

Also a prolific concert singer, in 2002 Morris made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Stravinsky’s Renard. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 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. 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. 

 

 

 

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