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Arthur Woodley - Rocco
The American bass Arthur Woodley has been acclaimed for his performances in both opera and concert.
Mr. Woodley regularly appears at the Seattle Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Dallas Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera. He also recently made his debuts at the San Francisco Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera, and the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. His many roles have included Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Kuno in Die Freischütz, Banquo in Macbeth, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Sulpice in La Fille du Régiment, Colline in La Bohéme, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rocco in Fidelio, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Achillas in Guilio Cesare, and Dansker in Billy Budd.
Arthur Woodley has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess. He recently sang the role in concert with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and on tour in Italy, including Santa Cecilia in Rome, with Yuri Temirkanov. In staged performances, he has appeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Indianapolis Opera, Opera Colorado, the Bregenz Festival, the Savolinna International Festival in Finland and the Catfish Row Opera Company of Charleston, South Carolina, in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opera's debut.
In concert, Mr. Woodley most recently appeared with the Collegiate Chorale at Lincoln Center. His other recent concert engagements have included appearances with the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall; works by Szymanowski and Janácek at the Bard Music Festival; the world premiere of God, Mississippi, and Medgar Evers with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; and appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Modesto Symphony. He also appeared as the bass soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Mexico City with Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
This season, Mr. Woodley returns to the Indianapolis Opera as The Four Villains, and sings the Handel Messiah in Chicago, and the Rossini Stabat Mater with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.