Baritone Colin Levin continues to explore a diverse array of vocal literature, ranging from the very physical character roles of opera to the ambitious vocal writing of the concert repertoire. He specializes in both the performance and research of Nordic art music, with a focus on Icelandic reportory. Recent seasons have additionally witnessed him performing the lyric baritone roles of Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, and Britten while also participating in the creation of new American works.
The 2023-2024 season includes a return to Carnegie Hall as the Baritone soloist in Giovanni Battista Martini's Domine ad adjuvandum me festina with the New England Symphonic Ensemble presented by MidAmerica Productions; the premier of Halldór Smárason’s song cycle Fjallkonuljóð written for Levin with performances at the Við Djúpið Festival in Ísafjörður, Iceland, the 15:15 Tónleikasyrpan in Reykjavík, Iceland, Tónlistarmiðstöð Austurlands in Eskifjörður, Iceland, and as part of his solo recital debut at Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House in New York City; Nordic art music recitals with the Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund-Hankuk in Lund, Sweden, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study in Austin, TX, and the Nordisk Sångfestival in Trollhättan, Sweden; Pierre Birabeau/Red Shadow in Sigmund Romberg’s The Desert Song with Winter Opera St. Louis and the cover of the lead role Charles Darwin in the Premier of the Opera Southern Crossings by Zaid Jabri/Yvette Christiansen at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in New York City; and as the Baritone soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Chatham Chorale.
In November 2018 Levin made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Baritone soloist in Mark Hayes’ Gloria conducted by the Composer presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), and subsequently returned to Stern Auditorium with DCINY as the Baritone soloist in the Faure Requiem in March 2022. Other career highlights include Manfred Lewin in the East Coast professional premiere of Jake Heggie's theatrical song cycle with chorus For a Look or a Touch at Jordan Hall with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, which he prepared with Mr. Heggie, Baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Boston University Tanglewood Chorus at Ozawa Hall, Papageno in The Magic Flute with Opera on the James, Schaunard in La Bohème with both Opera Roanoke and Opera Connecticut, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Company of Middlebury, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Winter Opera St. Louis, Silvio in Pagliacci with the Martha Cardone Opera, and the lead role of Thomas Brown in Sullivan's The Zoo with Odyssey Opera, in addition to previously covering the title role in Hindemith’s Cardillac with Opera Boston. He additionally has appeared as a soloist with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, State Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas, Norway House of Minnesota, Opera Fayetteville, Marble City Opera, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Salem Philharmonic, Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Gotham Chamber Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As a Young Artist, Levin performed with the Caramoor Festival, Opera on the James, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera New Jersey, and the Castleton Festival, with whom he traveled to the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman. Levin holds Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, and Rutgers University; he additionally studied the Icelandic language at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða/University Centre of the Westfjords. His awards include the Albert Rees Award from the S. Livington Mather Competition and an award from the 2015 Piccola Opera Competition in New Hampshire. He appears as Merriman under Maestro Gil Rose in the 2020 world premiere recording of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest on the BMOP Label.
Icelandic Art Song Recital
Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund-Hankuk (CSS)
Pianist: Magnus Gilljam
Chilltown Boogie by Alon Nechushtan
Con Vivo Music Center
Jersey City, NJ