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Julien Robbins

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American bass Julien Robbins has sung more than 50 roles at The Metropolitan Opera in more than 30 seasons since his 1979 début. Internationally, the Pennsylvania native has appeared in productions of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohéme, Aïda, Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, Le comte Ory and Un ballo in maschera with such companies as  Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, The Lisbon Opera, L’Opera de Nice, Opera de Monte Carlo in São Paulo, and at the Glyndebourne Festival. Last season, Mr. Robbins returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Bartlett Ster’s anticipated new production of Otello and performed the role of  Des Grieux of Manon with Des Moines Opera. In the current season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute, Guilliame Tell, and Werther and performs Sacristan in Tosca with Tulsa Opera.

May
2017

May-05
to
May-07
Tosca
Sacristan
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa, OK
Sep
2017

Sep-27
to
Oct-14
Die Zauberflöte
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Nov
2017

Nov-25
to
Dec-09
Die Zauberflöte
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Feb
2018

Feb-05
to
Feb-27
Parsifal
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
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… endearing presence…
Werther – “Julien Robbins’s warm, vividly etched singing and equally detailed characterization made the Bailiff an endearing presence.” – Opera News 
… fill the 1800- seat room with convincing sound…
 Tosca  “Julien Robbins as the Sacristan provided some early comic relief as the bumbling custodian of all that is holy. When it came time for him to sing, his buoyant, round baritone was at the ready, to fill the 1800- seat room with convincing sound, whether angrily commanding, or subtly conniving.”” – Examiner 
…world-class presence…
Manon – “It was a treat to see veteran bass-baritone Julien Robbins as the elder des Grieux; he’s a world-class presence and he sounds better than most thirty-five-year olds.”Opera News 
… sang colorfully…
 Werther– “Julien Robbins gave an endearing portrayal of Charlotte’s father and sang colorfully.” – The Baltimore Sun 
American bass Julien Robbins has sung more than 50 roles at The Metropolitan Opera in more than 30 seasons since his 1979 début. Internationally, the Pennsylvania native has appeared in productions of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohéme, Aïda, Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, Le comte Ory and Un ballo in maschera with such companies as  Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, The Lisbon Opera, L’Opera de Nice, Opera de Monte Carlo in São Paulo, and at the Glyndebourne Festival. Last season, Mr. Robbins returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Bartlett Ster’s anticipated new production of Otello and performed the role of  Des Grieux of Manon with Des Moines Opera. In the current season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute, Guilliame Tell, and Werther and performs Sacristan in Tosca with Tulsa Opera.

Recent engagements include the roles of Leuthold in Guillaume Tell with Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Le Bailli in Werther with Washington National Opera; Priam in Les Troyens; productions of La sonnambula, Werther, Die Zauberflöte, Manon, and Otello with The Metropolitan Opera; Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Sacristan in Tosca at Kansas City Lyric Opera; and the King in Aïda at the Tanglewood Festival. Mr. Robbins is also a house favorite across the U.S. at esteemed companies including: San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, The Washington Opera, at Spoleto Festival USA, San Diego Opera, Baltimore Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Company Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera.

As a successful concert artist, Mr. Robbins’ concert appearances include I Capuleti ed I Montecchi with Opera Orchestra of New York, the Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Seiji Osawa and Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette conducted by James Levine with The Boston Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Zubin Mehta with The Israel Philharmonic, Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with New York’s Musica Sacra, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, among others. Mr. Robbins also recorded the Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Boston Symphony Orchestra on the Telarc label, La traviata with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on the Deutsche Grammophon label and Salome with Berliner Philharmoniker on the Sony Classical label.

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