Robert Garner, baritone ﷯ Robert Garner, is excited to return to Hudson Opera Theater for these performances of Handel’s Messiah, after last season’s appearances in the title role of Eugene Onegin. Mr Garner has been a member of The Metropolitan Opera extra chorus since 2007, with over 300 performances in 19 operas, such as Aïda, Billy Budd, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Fidelio, Götterdämerung, Khovanshchina, Simon Boccanegra, War & Peace, and Don Carlo in both New York and on tour in Japan. This season at the Met he appears in Turandot, Parsifal, and the Verdi Requiem, and La Fanciulla del West with New York City Opera. As a soloist, his more than 50 leading roles encompasses a wide range of repertoire from Handel and Mozart, to Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi, to Puccini, and other French and verismo roles. Recent appearances include the title roles of Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen, Scarpia in Tosca, and Don Rannucio in the American Premiere of Donizetti’s early rarity La Zingara with Amore Opera. As Severo in Donizetti’s Poliuto for Amore Opera, The New York Times declared: “Robert Garner sang with a mellifluous baritone and expressive nuance.” Career highlights include: Ford in Falstaff for Mississippi Opera, and Opera Southwest, Germont in La Traviata for Opera Colorado, and Union Avenue Opera, Ping in Turandot for Anchorage Opera, and Prince Paul in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein for Opera Français de New York, opposite Stephanie Blythe in the title role. On the concert stage he has sung Carmina Burana for Carolina Ballet, and the Fauré Requiem for his Carnegie Hall début, Honneger’s La Danse des Morts, and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Metamorphoses Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Singers under the baton of Eugene Sirotkin, which was recorded on DVD for Newport Classics. Also of note, in 2013 Mr. Garner earned a Grammy Award Performance Certificate, as a member of The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, for their recording of Götterdämerung in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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