Robert Aaron Taylor, a native of Chattanooga, TN, has been hailed by critics as a “sonorous-voiced” bass-baritone with “rich tones” who creates “a solid foundation for the entire performance.” An artist of great flexibility, his diverse repertoire includes the title roles in Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi & The Marriage of Figaro, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow and Dr. Dulcamara in l’Elisir d’Amore with Rimrock Opera, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Mityukha in Boris Godunov and the Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with San Diego Opera, the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Lord Mountarrarat in Iolanthe with Lyric Opera San Diego, the Servant in Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher with Lyric Opera Cleveland and Mephistophélès in Faust, Leandro in Love for Three Oranges, Zuniga in Carmen and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly at Indiana University. Robert has worked with such distinguished artists as Edoardo Müller, Lotfi Mansouri, Robert Shaw, Valéry Ryvkin, Raymond Leppard and Claudia Pinza. An accomplished recitalist and concert performer as well, Robert has premiered and recorded German lieder by the Austrian-born composer Robert Fürstenthal, working closely with the composer himself. Robert has sung solos in oratorios all over the country, including Händel’s immortal Messiah, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Requiem masses by Mozart and Fauré.
Repertoire with NSMF
Don Bartolo – Barber of Seville 2012