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Calvin Griffin, Bass Baritone

Calvin Griffin, a native of Columbus, Ohio, recently finished working with the Arizona Opera Studio where he performed the roles of the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, Zuniga in Carmen, Pistola in Falstaff, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Hortensius in La fille du régiment, Colline in La bohème, and Dr. Grenville in La traviata.  Last March, he made his Opera Columbus debut as Colline in La bohème.  In 2018, Mr. Griffin is very excited to make his Opera Birmingham debut singing Escamillo in Carmen, and will return to Arizona Opera to sing Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

This past summer, Mr. Griffin returned to the Glimmerglass Festival to sing Elviro in Xerxes, and Undertaker in Porgy and Bess.  Last season at Glimmerglass, he sang the role of Fabrizio and covered Gottardo in La gazza ladra, and also covered the title role in Sweeney Todd.  In 2015, Mr. Griffin returned as an Apprentice Artist to Santa Fe Opera where his assignments included Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Hortensius in La fille du régiment. Mr. Griffin sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, and he covered the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a Studio Artist at The Wolf Trap Opera Company, as well as a participant at the Brevard Music Festival.

In concert, Mr. Griffin recently made his Richmond Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah. In 2013, he made his Houston Symphony debut as First Apprentice in Wozzeck. Mr. Griffin performed the baritone solos in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at The Ohio State University, as well as Worthington United Methodist Church. He was also the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem at Terra Community College and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Bluffton University.

Mr. Griffin received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen King. At The Shepherd School, he was seen in the title role of the Houston premier of John Musto’s Volpone. Additionally, he performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Polinesso in Ariodante. Mr. Griffin received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University where he performed the roles of Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gustavo in Faramondo.