Roderick George has garnered acclaim as an international performing artist throughout the United States and abroad. Upcoming 2016-17 engagements include his New York Lincoln Center debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah at David Geffen Hall and a role debut as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham. He will also perform concerts at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina for the Distinguished Artist Series and in Colorado Springs for the Shivers Concert Series.
Regularly engaged as a soloist in major concert and oratorio works, Dr. George’s repertoire spans from Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem, through Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and contemporary works by Adolphus Hailstork and H. Leslie Adams. Recent performances included Mozart Requiem with Pensacola Symphony and Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee with the Oakwood University Aeolians and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. His recent international engagements have included performances throughout Russia, including concert appearances with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. He has also made appearances at various international music festivals and venues including Festival Internacional de Musica Sacra in Ecuador, La Folle Journée, the largest classical music festival in France, Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada in Spain, Festival Internacional de Santander, the Cayman Arts Festival of the Grand Cayman Islands, the American Cathedral in Paris, Lensoveta Palace of Culture in St. Petersburg, Wexford Opera House in Ireland and the Spaso House of the United States Embassy in Moscow. Highly regarded for his poignant interpretations of the American Negro spiritual, Dr. George has also recorded and toured extensively, including multiple tours throughout Europe and South America, as a regular soloist with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.
Dr. George has performed a diversity of leading lyric tenor opera roles including Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Gérald in Lakmé, the title role of Albert Herring, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Benedict in Beatrice and Benedict, Camille de Rosillion in The Merry Widow and David in I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky.
A champion of American art song, Dr. George’s research explores the study and performance of song literature based on poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes. He premiered Adolphus Hailstork’s Four Romantic Love Songs on poems of Dunbar at the 2012 African American Art Song Alliance Conference. In 2013, he premiered four art songs on poetry of African American poets, including two songs on texts by Dunbar and Hughes, composed by Alabama composer Mary Jackson. He is slated to perform Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Flowers of Darkness, a song cycle on texts by six African-American poets, and selected songs of Harry T. Burleigh to commemorate the composer’s 150th birthday at the 2017 African American Art Song Alliance Conference at the University of California, Irvine.
An avid recitalist, Dr. George’s recent recital engagements have included varied programs at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, University of North Alabama, Xavier University of New Orleans, Florida State University, Samford University, Jacksonville State University, Tennessee State University, Birmingham’s Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham Southern College, Fayetteville State University, Shelton State Community College, Montevallo First Baptist Church and the University of Montevallo.
Dr. George is Professor of Music and Voice Area Head in the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo where he was named the recipient of the 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award. Among his credentials are the Doctor of Music degree (Voice Performance) from The Florida State University College of Music and the Master of Music degree (Opera and Musical Theater) from the School of Music at Southern Illinois University. He received advanced training in opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Dr. George was one of twelve voice teachers selected nationally for the prestigious NATS Teacher-Internship Program held at Colorado State University in 2004, where he studied vocal pedagogy under the tutelage of tenor Clifton Ware. He has also studied voice with tenors Larry Gerber, Everett McCorvey, Alfonse Anderson and soprano Jeanine Wagner. In competition, he was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the NATS Artist Awards competition, and a finalist and recipient of the Puccini Award in the Orpheus National Competition, among others.
Dr. George maintains a personal website at www.roderickgeorge.com.