Grant Youngblood – baryton
Hailed as a tall, dashing baritone “with a robust sound with ringing top notes,” Grant Youngblood’s many orchestral appearances have garnered enthusiastic praise for his “smooth lyric baritone voice bringing beautiful shading and color to the score.”
Recent engagements for Mr. Youngblood have include returns to Dayton Opera for both Amonasro in Aida, and the season opening Russian Panorama gala; both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware for the title role in Macbeth; Sugar Creek Symphony for Madama Butterfly; and Harrisburg Symphony for La traviata.He made his Metropolitan Opera debut & telecast in Capriccio; a debut with Opera North in the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro; and a company debut at the Nashville opera in his signature role of Germont in La traviata. Current engagements include Rigoletto with both Brevard Music Center and Asheville Lyric Opera.
Recent concert highlights have included Verdi’s Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mexico; Handel’s Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duke University Chapel Choir, and the Delaware Symphony; Carmina Burana with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Princeton University Concert Choir; Copland’s Old American Songs with the Delaware Symphony; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; the Mozart Requiem with the Master Chorale of Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and with the Phoenix Symphony under the baton of Robert Moody; the Brahms Requiem with the Boise Philharmonic, and the Anchorage Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony #8 with the Grand Rapids Symphony; Britten’s War Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale; and Opera Gala concerts with Orlando Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Sugar Creek Symphony & Song.
Mr. Youngblood’s orchestral repertoire includes major works of Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Duruflé, Fauré, Gounod, Handel, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Orff, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Stravinsky, and Vaughan Williams. Additional concert engagements have included appearances with the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Louisville Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and the Bucharest Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Youngblood has been praised as well for his exceptionally expressive artistry in recital, with appearances throughout the United States.
Having performed leading roles with opera companies in America & internationally, Mr. Youngblood made his international concert debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in the 1999 Liturgica Festival. He has performed Reynard, Mass, Requiem Canticles, and Canticum Sacrum for a Stravinsky Festival mounted by the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; and he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in concert performances of Copland’sOld American Songs under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Opera-in-concert appearances have included Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as Ruggiero in Halevy’s La Juive with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.