Robert Baker, Tenor (11/11)

The Department of Music presents tenor Robert Baker. A central figure in the Washington-area classical music scene, Baker was featured in more than 300 performances of 43 productions with the Washington National Opera. He has also sung 10 roles with the Washington Concert Opera. Recent career highlights include the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s “Moby Dick” at Princeton University (recorded for Albany Records), and his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokfiev’s “War and Peace,” which he also recorded during the Spoleto Festival’s production, released on the Chandos label.

He appears frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra. Baker was soloist on the Grammy Award-winning recording “Of Rage and Remembrance” by John Corigliano (BMI, 1996) and recently sang Triquet in the NSO’s presentation of “Eugene Onegin.” Recently, he appeared in “Peter Grimes” and “Turandot” with the Washington National Opera, “Carmina Burana” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s “Messiah” with the Apollo Chorus in Chicago. He is a frequent performer of new music, having premiered more than 15 major works in his career, and is a frequent collaborator with Washington, D.C. composer Douglas Boyce. Baker has sung with all the major choral organizations in Washington, D.C., starting with the Paul Hill Chorale in 1979, and continuing with Norman Scribner, Reilly Lewis, Robert Shafer, Donald McCullough, Gisele Becker, Tom Beveridge and Julian Wachner.

Robert Baker is the director of performance studies at The George Washington University.

The performance is Thursday, November 11, at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $3 for seniors, free with any student ID or free with a UMBC ID. For more information, visit www.umbc.edu/arts.

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