Bradley Robinson, baritone, associate professor of music, serves as Vocal Area Head, and teaches studio voice and graduate and undergraduate-level courses in vocal pedagogy. He received his bachelor of music education degree from Fort Hays State University, his master of music from The Florida State University, and his doctor of musical arts from The University of Illinois.
Robinson has performed opera, oratorio, and musical theater throughout the United States with companies including the Atlanta Civic Opera, Opera Memphis, Charlotte Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and the Chautauqua Opera. His professional opera credits include Escamillo (Carmen), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Michele (Il Tabarro), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Dido and Æneas. Lighter fare includes the Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls) and Billy Bigelow (Carousel). Robinson performed two years as artist in residence with Opera Carolina in roles including Papageno (The Magic Flute), Dandini (La Cenerentola), and the Father in Hansel and Gretel. In 1984 he sang the role of Captain Amadas in the world premiere of Ian Hamilton’s opera Raleigh’s Dream for the British-American Festival, and later went on to tour the opera in the title role. He has also been engaged as Artist-in-Residence by both the North Carolina Opera and Opera Carolina.
In the fall of 2005, Robinson sang the role of Creon with Sinfonia da Camera in the North American premiere of Georges Enesco’s opera Oedipe (aired on Romanian National Television), and later appeared with them as Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier. Engagements with Opera Memphis have included the role of Melchior in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors with Kallen Esperian, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Zuniga in Carmen. He later appeared with the Como Opera in the title role of their production of Gianni Schicchi, and as Tonio in Pagliacci.
An accomplished oratorio soloist, he has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Mississippi Symphony, and those of Tallahassee, Memphis, Hilton Head, Germantown, Jacksonville, Little Rock, and Corinth. His many credits include Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré, and Mozart, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughn Williams Hodie, and Bach’s Magnificat, St. John Passion, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme and solo cantata Ich habe genug.
Among his reviews, the Charlotte Observer states, “One thing can be said of his voice. It is truly beautiful”. The Tallahassee Democrat described his voice as “powerful and agile, and always expressive.”
Active as a recitalist throughout the United States, Robinson performed his lecture recital entitled Charles Ives: A Portrait in Song, A Melding of Life Experience and Musical Expression at the Hawaii International 2005 Conference on Arts and Humanities. Performances of this work have previously been featured by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at their Symposium on American Song Literature, and the Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society. In the fall of 2007, Robinson appeared in recital at the 50th Anniversary National Conference of the College Music Society, held in Salt Lake City, and in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for the National Opera Association’s National Conferences in Washington, D.C, Atlanta, and San Antonio. He recently appeared in recital with acclaimed soprano Kallen Esperian.
Recent performances include those for the University of Mississippi Faculty Artist Series, the Guest Artist Series of William Carey University, and a joint recital at the University of Utah. Orchestral soloist performances include those with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, the L-O-U Orchestra, and a production of Messiah with members of the Mississippi Symphony. He also presented a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles for the National Opera Association, followed by engagements that included Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Creation.
Robinson’s latest performances include a great variety. In December of 2014, he appeared in Jackson, MS with the Mississippi Chorus and members of the Mississippi Symphony as the soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas oratorio, Hodie. The spring of 2015 found him singing the lead baritone role of Claudius, King of Denmark in the world premiere of Nancy Van de Vate’s opera Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, based on the play by Shakespeare. This performance, which took place in April of 2015, was followed in May by the European premier of the work presented in Prague, Czech Republic. Between these two productions, Robinson sang the title role in Mendlessohn’s Elijah in two collaborative performances with the Germantown Symphony and the Oxford Civic Chorus.
Robinson served four years as Mississippi State President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, for whom he regularly adjudicates competitions and has has appeared nationally and regionally as guest recitalist. He has also served as both an adjudicator and master class clinician at Music Teachers National Association vocal festivals. He may be heard on Albany Records on CDs that include the recording of Georg Enescu’s opera Oedipe, and his performance of Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles.