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Atlanta Opera Bass To Sing In Celebration Of MLK

Opera bass singer Morris Robinson will sing a variety of pieces in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Opera bass singer Morris Robinson will sing a variety of pieces in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Morris Robinson’s bass voice could topple a mountain.

The Atlanta-born opera singer has sung some of the greatest roles for basses. Among his many roles, he has portrayed Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte,” Commendatore in “Don Giovanni,” Timur in “Turandot” and Joe in “Show Boat.”

He has performed these roles at some of the best opera houses in the world: the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the prestigious Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Robinson is also a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Among other accolades, he was an All-American football player.

For the 2015-2016 season, he has been the artist-in-residence at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As part of his tenure there, he will be performing three concerts this weekend.

On Thursday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m., he will perform Shostakovich Symphony No. 14. with the orchestra.

On Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m., he will sing a variety of pieces in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will feature the classic song “Ol’ Man River” from “Show Boat,” selections from Robinson’s gospel album and even some Italian opera.