Morris Robinson is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most compelling and sought-after basses performing today.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Robinson made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in its production of Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (both in the original production and in a new English version for children), the King in Aida, and in roles in Nabucco and Tannhäuser, as well as new productions of Les Troyens and Salome. He has also appeared at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Opera Pacific, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Wolf Trap Opera. His many roles include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore.
Also a prolific concert singer, Robinson recently made his debut at the Ravinia Festival in concert performances of Don Giovanni and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Met Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, and at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen festivals. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta and at the Savannah Music Festival.
This season Robinson returns to the MET for its production of Salome and the Washington National Opera as Timur in Turandot, and makes his debuts at the Los Angeles Opera as Sarastro and Fasolt in Das Rheingold, and at the Cincinnati Opera as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo. He also appears in Carnegie Hall as part of Jessye Norman’s Honor! Festival, and will be presented in recital by The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
An Atlanta native, Robinson is a graduate of The Citadel and received his musical training from the Boston University Opera Institute. His first album, Going Home, was released on the Decca label.