AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Calvin Griffin, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is excited to begin his first season with the Florida Grand Opera young artist program this Fall. Mr. Griffin made his debut with the company stepping in as a cover to sing the role of Escamillo in the second performance of Carmen.
He will also sing Zaretsky and cover Gremin in Eugene Onegin, sing Victor in Before Night Falls, and sing Samuel in Un ballo in maschera. Mr. Griffin just 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 The Magic Flute, Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment, Colline in La bohème, and Dr. Grenville in La traviata.
Last March, he made his Opera Columbus debut as Colline in La bohème. In March of 2018, Mr. Griffin is very excited to return to Arizona Opera to sing Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville.
This summer, Mr. Griffin will return 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 The Daughter of the Regiment. 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.
In competition, Mr. Griffin was the 2015 winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award. He was awarded a Western Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2014, 1st Place winner in the Tuesday Musical Club Competition in San Antonio in 2012, 1st Place winner in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in 2011, and was awarded a Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2010. He was also a winner in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Corbett Competition and was awarded the Linda Candler Award at the Brevard Music Center.
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 The Marriage of Figaro, and Gustavo in Faramondo.