|Baritone Robin Buck has distinguished himself in Opera, Oratorio, Concert, Recital and Musical Theater, appearing throughout the United States with organizations including New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic.
In Europe he was baritone in residence at Stadttheater Basel, Switzerland, performing leading roles in standard and new works, also appearing with the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany, Philharmonia Sudeska, Basel Radio Orchestra, Ars Cantata and the Opernhaus Zurich.
Robin made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States, Germany and Poland working with conductors including Esa Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, Andrew Litton, Nicholas McGegan, Placido Domingo, JoAnn Faletta, Kevin Rhodes, Jorge Mester and Paul Sacher in baroque, classic, romantic and contemporary works, including a significant number of world-premieres. In recital he is known as a specialist in the German Lied and in works by American composers. Stage directors he has worked with include John De Lancie, Jonathan Miller, Gordon Davidson, Christopher Alden, David Alden, Herbert Wernicke Tom O’Horgan and Werner Dueggelin.
Recent works written for him include Alan Terricciano’s The Masque of the Red Death, for baritone and orchestra and Wonderland, a music theater song cycle based on poetry from Alice in Wonderland. Last summer he performed in Aristophanes’ The Birds with an international cast in Arezzo, Italy and taught master classes in Switzerland at the Jazzschule Basel and for the Ars Cantata Zurich.
At the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Buck is an Associate Professor of Music, Director of Graduate Studies, co-chair of Vocal Arts and Director of UCI Opera. He also teaches and directs at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, which attracts an international group of outstanding faculty and students each summer, performing opera, oratorio, music theater and concert works. He has studied and coached with artists including Kathleen Darragh, Hans Hotter, Birgit Nilsson, Elly Ameling, Ernest St. John “Jack” Metz, Natalie Limonick, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Jean Barr, Brooks Smith, Randall Behr, Armen Guzelimian, Frans Boerlage and Joerg Demus.
As a director he is known for innovative and imaginative productions including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Così fan Tutte, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Menotti’s The Medium and The Telephone, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus as well as numerous opera scenes programs for UC Irvine, Chapman University, the Opera Institute at California State University Long Beach, SongFest and the Academie de Musique in Sion, Switzerland. His students have gone on to careers in opera, oratorio, and musical theater as well as in the teaching field.
Recent engagements have included selections from opera and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Strauss’ Le Bourgouis Gentilhomme with the Chicago Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Traverse Symphony, Britten’s Cantata Misericordiam with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and recitals in California and Switzerland. Upcoming performances include programs of excerpts from Wagner’s Tannhaueser and Lehar’s The Merry Widow with LA Opera and excerpts from Mozart operas with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
|Buffs Performance(s):||4/24/04, 5/21/91, 2/22/88, 2/23/86, 9/28/86|