American bass Julien Robbins has sung more than 50 roles at The Metropolitan Opera in more than 30 seasons since his 1979 début, including La sonnambula, Werther, Die Zauberflöte, Manon, and, most recently, in Bartlett Ster’s anticipated new production of Otello. 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 Guilliame Tell and Werther and performed Sacristan in Tosca with Tulsa Opera. This season, he returns, again, to the esteemed house for their productions of Die Zauberflöte and Parsifal.
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; Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Sacristan in Tosca at Kansas City Lyric Opera; Des Grieux of Manon with Des Moines 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 e i Montecchi with Opera Orchestra of New York, the Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Seiji Osawa and Berlioz’s Roméo 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.