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Morris Robinson

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Morris Robinson is considered one the most interesting and sought-after basses performing today.

Robinson regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera where he debuted in a production of Fidelio, and has since appeared as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, both in the original production and in the children’s English version. Also at the Met, he has appeared as Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the King in Aida, had roles in Nabucco, Tannhäuser, and the new productions of Les Troyens and Salome. He has also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Volksoper Wien, Opera Australia, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include the title role in Porgy and Bess, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ramfis in Aida, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, the 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, Fasolt in Das Rheingold, Landgraf in Tannhäuser, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, and King Marke in Tristan und Isolde.

Also a prolific concert singer, Robinson’s many concert engagements have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — where he was the 2015-2016 artist-in-residence — San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Met Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, at the BBC Proms, 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, D.C., the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Robinson’s solo album, Going Home, was released on the Decca label. He also appears as Joe on the DVD of the San Francisco Opera production of Show Boat, and in the DVDs of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Salome and the Aix-en-Provence Festival's production of Mozart's Zaide.

This season, Robinson created the role of The Commander in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded at the Washington National Opera, and returned to both the LA Philharmonic for Das Rheingold and the LA Opera for Turandot. He also appeared in concert with the Tucson, Oakland, Oregon, and the Tokyo Metropolitan symphony orchestras.

An Atlanta native, Robinson is a graduate of The Citadel and received his musical training both from the Boston University Opera Institute and as a member of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He was also artistic advisor to the Cincinnati Opera from 2019-21.

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