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. In November 2018 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in as the Baritone soloist in Mark Hayes’ Gloria presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), conducted by the Composer.
He has appeared with Opera on the James, Caramoor Festival, Odyssey Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Roanoke, Opera Connecticut, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera New Jersey, State Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Tanglewood Youth Orchestra and Chorus, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (Jordan Hall debut), Chatham Chorale, Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Salem Philharmonic, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Martha Cardona Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Opera Fayetteville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Castleton Festival, with whom he traveled to the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman.
Selected Operatic Repertoire includes Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Silvio in Pagliacci, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, 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, Manfred Lewin in Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch (East Coast Professional Premiere), Merriman in Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Recording to be released on BMOP Sound), Thomas Brown in Sullivan’s The Zoo, Don Alfonso di Pardo (Cover) in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla, and Cardillac (Cover) in Hindemith’s Cardillac. Selected Concert Repertoire includes J.S. Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Beethoven Mass in C Major, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Faure Requiem, Donizetti Misere, Schubert Mass in G, Vaughan-William Dona Nobis Pacem, Five Mystical Songs, Chichester Psalms, 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. Colin resides in Jersey City, NJ, with Poet Jeffery Berg, where he can be found giving food tours, and staring at pugs.