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. Recent seasons have witnessed him performing the lyric baritone roles of Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, and Britten while also participating in the creation of new American works. Upcoming engagements in Spring 2022 include a return to Carnegie Hall as the Baritone soloist in the Faure Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a recital of Female Nordic composers featuring the Icelandic composer Jórunn Viðar in Puerto Rico sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, a recital of Humorous Icelandic art songs in Lund, Sweden sponsored by the Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund-Hankuk (CSS), and the cover of the lead role Charles Darwin in the Premier of the Opera Southern Crossings by Zaid Jabri at the John Jay Theater. He appears as Merriman under Grammy Award Winning Maestro Gil Rose in the 2020 world premiere recording of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest on the BMOP Label.
In November 2018 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in as the Baritone soloist in Mark Hayes’ Gloria presented by DCINY, conducted by the Composer. Other appearances include 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 Thomas Brown in Sullivan's The Zoo, Merriman in Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Silas Simkins in Edward German’s Merrie England (Covid-19 cancellation) all with Odyssey Opera, in addition to previously covering the title role in Hindemith’s Cardillac with Maestro Gil Rose.
He performed as 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, and was subsequently broadcast on Boston television. Additional concert activity includes appearing as the Baritone soloist in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Vaughan-Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the Chatham Chorale, and Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, and Carmina Burana with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus.
He additionally has appeared with the Caramoor Festival, State Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Opera Fayetteville, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Salem Philharmonic, Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Gotham Chamber Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera New Jersey, Center for Contemporary Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Castleton Festival, with whom he traveled to the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman.
Selected Additional Repertoire includes Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Marcello in La Bohème, The Steward in Dove’s Flight, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, the Shoe Salesman in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sid and Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring, The Businessman in Portman’s The Little Prince, Le Dancaïre and Morales in Carmen, and Don Alfonso di Pardo (Cover) in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla; Selected Concert Repertoire includes Mozart Mass in C Minor, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Beethoven Mass in C Major, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Faure Requiem, Donizetti Misere, Schubert Mass in G, Vaughan-William Five Mystical Songs, Finzi In Terra Pax, and Dover Beach.
Colin received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Musicology, and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, which he attended on full scholarship and fellowship. 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.
Upcoming Spring 2022
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Conductor: Erin R. Freeman
New York, NY
Lecture Recital: "A Re-examination of Gender Equity in Nordic Art Song”
Works by Jórunn Viðar and Signe Lund
The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference
Rio Mar, Puerto Rico