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Wayne Arthur

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Baritone Wayne Arthur is an artist of heartfelt intelligence concerned with telling new stories and reimagining older ones. Wayne has performed the roles of Dr. Rappaccini in Daniel Catan’s La Hija de Rappaccini and John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women at Boston University’s Opera Institute, where he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma (’24). Recent engagements include Baritone 1 in Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Detroit Opera, Odyssey Opera) and Ensemble in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), which won a 2023 Grammy Award for Best Opera Record. During fall 2022, Wayne covered soloist Davóne Tines in MacArthur Grant-recipient Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light: Afterlife at the Park Avenue Armory directed by Peter Sellars. Wayne was in the ensemble of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera), which won a 2021 Grammy Award. Past credits include Errollyn Wallen’s Liverpool Crossing the Musical (the cell), Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey (Metropolitan Opera), and Missy Mazzoli’s Songs from the Uproar (Los Angeles Opera). Wayne reprises the role of Baritone 1 in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Seattle Opera in 2024.

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