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. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Mark Hayes’ Gloria in November 2018, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), conducted by the Composer.
Upcoming appearances in the 2018-2019 season include his company debuts with Opera Roanoke and Opera Connecticut as Schaunard in La Boheme, his role debut as the Shoe Salesman in Postcard from Morocco with Marble City Opera in Knoxville, TN, a return to the Chatham Chorale in Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Concerts with the State Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán and Orquesta Sinfónica de Apatzingán in Mexico, and returning in concert with the Penn Square Music Festival. Future seasons will see him in a role debut in La Boheme, reprising principal roles in Albert Herring and Gianni Schicchi, adding Carmina Burana to his Concert Repertoire, and multiple role debuts in J. Heggie works including Three Decembers, and a new version of Manfred Lewin in a return to Out of Darkness/For a Look or a Touch.
Mr. Levin has enjoyed strong relationships with such companies as Opera on the James, with whom he debuted as Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and where he returned in November 2016 for Marullo in Rigoletto and January 2017 for his role debut as Papageno in The Magic Flute; Fargo-Moorhead Opera, where he covered various roles in their world premiere collaboration with American Lyric Theater entitled The Poe Project, and subsequently returned as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and Hortensius in La fille du Regiment; Opera Fayetteville, with whom he performed the Businessman in Rachel Portman's The Little Prince and the Steward in Jonathan Dove's Flight; and the Castleton Festival, where he performed Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music and covered Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and with whom he traveled with their production of La Boheme to the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman. Mr. Levin enjoyed particular success for his debut in Opera Company of Middlebury’s L'italiana in Algeri as Taddeo, noted by the local press as "a beautifully sung, classic out-of-towner". Mr. Levin began a particularly rewarding relationship with the former Opera Boston as a cover artist for demanding roles in two rarely-heard masterpieces, Don Alfonso di Pardo in Donizetti's Maria Padilla and the title role of Hindemith's Cardillac, and has continued that relationship through the company's present incarnation as Odyssey Opera, appearing in the leading role of Thomas Brown in their production of Sullivan's The Zoo ("vocally very fine"), and Merriman in Castelnuovo-Tedesco's The Importance of Being Earnest ("resounding in voice and manner")
Mr. Levin's additional operatic credits include Gotham Chamber Opera, for whom he covered in Baden-Baden 1927; Winter Opera St. Louis, with whom as a last-minute replacement made his role debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Silvio in Pagliacci with the Martha Cardona Opera under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter; and Washington DC's Bel Cantanti Opera, with whom he made his role debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and reprised Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. This last series of performances earned Mr. Levin praise from the Washington Post as "the most natural actor… vocally strong from top to bottom".
Complementary to his operatic activity, Mr. Levin maintains an active concertizing schedule. Highlights of his concert activity include an evening of opera arias and ensembles with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, a 2014 Liederabend (works of Brahms and Schubert) in Bonn, Germany, as a guest of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, covering the lead baritone part for the program Beethoven Love Elegies with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, the Mozart Requiem under the baton of Ken-David Masur at the Tanglewood Theater and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at both Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed with the Tanglewood Youth Symphony and Chorus, the Mozart Requiem, Vaughan-William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Chatham Chorale, and joining the Hillyer Festival Orchestra many times as a guest for their Holiday Pops Concerts. Mr. Levin made his Jordan Hall debut in 2012 as Manfred Lewin in the East Coast professional premiere of Jake Heggie's theatrical song cycle For a Look or a Touch with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.
Mr. Levin has fulfilled young artist residencies with Opera on the James, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, the Caramoor Festival, St. Petersburg Opera, Sugar Creek Opera, and Opera New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as a double major in Vocal Performance and Musicology, and his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature as a full scholarship and fellowship student at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign. 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. Colin resides in Jersey City, NJ, with Poet Jeffery Berg, where he can be found giving food tours, and staring at pugs.