AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “impressive singing … well-supported tone and supple phrasing.” This season McGinness is looking forward to his Kennedy Center solo debut with The Washington Chorus. His season will also include performances with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera.
Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” McGinness’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La Bohème. He has also sung Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro,and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
As a featured soloist, McGinness has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Duruflé Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare and Schubert’s Mass in Gwith Concert Artists of Baltimore, where Rob’s performance was lauded by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for his “poetic warmth.”
McGinness is committed to promoting and performing new works. He regularly premieres new roles, notably Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. McGinness’s own compositions include vocal, theatrical and orchestral pieces premiered at IngenuityFest, Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and by the Windham Orchestra in Vermont.
McGinness has degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, and was a young artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Bel Canto at Caramoor. His awards and competitions include first place in the Sylvia Green Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, and finalist in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.