Robert Aaron Taylor, a native of Chattanooga, TN, has been hailed by critics as a “sonorous-voiced” bass-baritone with “rich tones” who creates “a solid foundation for the entire performance.” An artist of great flexibility, Mr. Taylor has performed roles in a variety of theatrical productions, including the title roles in Gianni Schicchi, The Marriage of Figaro & he has already had the privilege of performing as Verdi’s tragic Rigoletto twice. Other repertoire includes Amonasro in Aïda, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow and Dr. Dulcamara in l’Elisir d’Amore with Rimrock Opera, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater & Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX), the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Lord Mountarrarat in Iolanthe with Lyric Opera San Diego, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Mityukha in Boris Godunov and the Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with San Diego Opera, and the Servant in Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher with Lyric Opera Cleveland.
An accomplished recitalist and concert performer as well, Mr. Taylor has premiered and recorded German lieder by the Austrian-born composer Robert Fürstenthal, working closely with the composer himself. Mr. Taylor has sung solos in concert works with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic and the San Diego Festival Orchestra, including Händel’s immortal Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Schubert’s Mass in G and Requiems by Gabriel Fauré and W.A. Mozart. He has also performed a selection of Japanese folk songs with the Japanese Chicago Oratorio Choir.
Mr. Taylor has been praised by conductors and directors alike for his ability to bring a character to life on the stage with a combination of solid physical and vocal presence. His professionalism, consistency and preparation have been noted by colleague and observer alike; most notably, when he was called in as a replacement in Rimrock Opera’s production of l’Elisir d’Amore. Remarkably, he learned, rehearsed and performed the role of Dr. Dulcamara, “the show-stealing quack,” in approximately one month’s time, securing him the title role in their production of Marriage of Figaro.
Mr. Taylor has worked with such distinguished artists as Edoardo Müller, Lotfi Mansouri, Robert Shaw, Valéry Ryvkin, Raymond Leppard and Claudia Pinza. He has performed for tens of thousands of children and adults in San Diego County as a member of the San Diego Opera Ensemble, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He received his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied voice with the internationally renowned soprano, Virginia Zeani and nationally recognized American baritone, Timothy Noble.