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 appearances in the 2017-2018 season include many role debuts, including Schaunard in La Boheme with Opera Roanoke, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus in a return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera, the Shoe Salesman in Postcard from Morocco with Marble City Opera in Knoxville, TN, and leading roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fidelio. 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 Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Hortensius in La filled 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".
In December 2016, Mr. Levin made his professional role debut as Silvio in Pagliacci with the Martha Cardona Opera under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter. Mr. Levin's additional operatic credits include Gotham Chamber Opera, for whom he covered in Baden-Baden 1927; Winter Opera St. Louis, with whom he performed Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi and as a last-minute replacement made his role debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Opera Brittenica, with whom he made his role debut as Tarquinius in a production of The Rape of Lucretia which performed in Boston and New York; 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 Vaughan-Williams' Five Mystical Songs with the Harvard Orchestra, an evening of opera arias and ensembles with the Lynchburg Symphony 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, Vaughan-William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Chatham Chorale and members of the Cape Cod Symphony, and joining the Hillyer Festival Orchestra as an annual guest for their Holiday Pops Concerts since 2011. During the 2016–2017 season, Mr. Levin's concert performances include Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and both Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Barber's Dover Beach as Artist-in-Residence with the Concord Academy Symphony and Chorus.
A frequent presence in the Boston classical performing arts scene, 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"), which will soon be available on the BMOP SOUND label. 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.
Balancing the responsibilities of performance and pedagogy, Mr. Levin is currently adjunct Professor of Voice at Rowan University, Lecturer in Voice at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University, in addition to being a Doctoral Candidate, and since 2013 has served on the Voice and Music History Faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He frequently is invited to perform with the aforementioned institutions; with fellow members of the BUTI voice faculty, his recital repertoire has included Wolf's complete Italienisches Liederbuch, Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel and 4 Duette, Op. 78, Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, and extended excerpts from Jorge Martín's The Glass Hammer; with the Tanglewood Youth Symphony and Chorus, he has performed 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 Rowan University Orchestra and Chorus he has appeared as the soloist in Finzi's In Terra Pax; and with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra as Don Fernando in a Concert Production of Fidelio and Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. In the Spring of 2018 he will be appearing as the soloist in a new arrangement by Paul Cohen of Charles Ives' General William Booth Enters into Heaven with the Rutgers University Choir and Saxophone Orchestra.
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.