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“An opera powerhouse, his sound was weighty and forthright, his phrasing alert, his interpretive approach astute…sung with quiet eloquence…” San Francisco Chronicle, 2011
“In the little-known “Seena,” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the young baritone Sidney Outlaw made a beautiful effect, especially in his dulcet yet firmly supported piano singing.” Opera News, 2011
Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” and The San Francisco Chronicle as “an opera powerhouse”, Sidney Outlaw was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010 and continues to delight audiences in the U.S. and abroad with his rich and versatile baritone and engaging stage presence. A recent graduate of the Merola Opera Program and former member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, this rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina recently finished his first Operatic recording . . . for Naxos Records recording in its entirety Darius Milhaud’s Oresteia of Aeschylus singing the role of Apollo.
Sidney Outlaw joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2014 – 2015 season covering the role of Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer. Mr. Outlaw also will be heard in recital with Howard Watkins under the auspices of Carnegie Hall in their Neighborhood Recital Series. With Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, he will sing Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah, both at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Outlaw makes his Spoleto Festival debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess.
In the 2013 – 2014 season, Mr. Outlaw debuted at Atlanta Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and North Carolina Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also performed the title role in Bruch’s Moses with the American Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra, both at Carnegie Hall. Other orchestral engagements included Messiah with Orchestra of London in Canada, Mozart’s Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Asheville Symphony.
Mr. Outlaw was last seen with the New York Philharmonic in Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero. He was a featured recitalist with Warren Jones at Carnegie Hall and sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Choral Society. Mr. Outlaw traveled to Guinea as an Arts Envoy this season with the United States Department of State, where he performed a program of American music in honor of Black History Month and in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Mr. Outlaw made his English National Opera debut in the 2011-12 season as Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer and appeared as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly at Opera on the James. Other mainstage roles include Malcolm in Malcolm X at New York City Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Florida Grand Opera, Ariodante in Handel’s Xerxes, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the International Vocal Arts Institute, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and a sensational international debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, in both Germany and Israel.
A sought-after concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Outlaw made his Schwabacher Recital debut at the San Francisco Opera Center with pianist John Churchwell and collaborates regularly with renowned pianists, Warren Jones (The New York Festival of Song and Marilyn Horne’s On Wings of Song series), Carol Wong, Steven Blier, and Michael Barrett. His concert and recital appearances include debuts of renowned works at major concert halls: Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Music Academy of the West and Wednesday At One at Alice Tully Hall, John Stevens in the world premiere concert of H. Leslie Adam’s opera Blake at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York and the world premiere of Wayne Oquin’s “A Time to Break Silence: Songs inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.” commissioned by The Juilliard School.
Mr. Outlaw’s awards include second prize in the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards, National semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, semi-finalist in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, finalist in both Concours International Musical de Montréal and George London Foundation, and grand prize in the Florida Grand Opera/YPO Vocal Competition. He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
(Updated September 2014)