Lauded for his amazingly robust voice and slated for operatic stardom, baritone Barry L. Robinson is enjoying success on both the operatic and concert stages worldwide. Last season, he “dug into [the role of the priest Fojo] with passionate commitment” (New York Times) for a revival of Harry Lawrence Freeman’s Voodoo, not heard on the operatic stage for 80 years. Mr. Robinson has had the honor of singing with the Houston Grand Opera, Winston-Salem Symphony, Bard SummerScape Festival under the batons of Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Patrick Summers, Leon Botstein, James Bagwell and Steven Sloane to name a few. He is a recent recipient of an encouragement award from The Wagner Society of New York. In 2012 he made his international operatic debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges and was featured in concert at Teatro Sodre in Uruguay and the world renowned Mozarteum Argentino Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Robinson began his career singing Il Commendatore/Leporello Don Giovanni, Guglielmo/Alfonso Così fan tutte, Il Conte/Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Papageno/Sprecher Die Zauberflöte throughout the United States and Europe. His repertoire quickly expanded with Moralès Carmen Amato Opera, Sharpless Madama Butterfly Amore Opera, Escamillo Carmen and Orest Elektra with Opera Manhattan, Frank Chambers in Paulus’ The Postman Always Rings Twice Opera Avanti, Jake in the World Premiere of Perry’s Tawawa House Townsend Opera, and Herald in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace Atlantic Vocal Arts Society.
Recent and future engagements for the Greenville, South Carolina native include Amonasro Aida for Lyric Artists of New York, Morelos & Jackson in Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca with OperaCréole, and his debut with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève as Sam in Gerswhin’s Blue Monday. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelors degree from The Manhattan School of Music and a Masters degree from Rice University.