Tenor RODERICK GEORGE has garnered acclaim in a broad range of concert and operatic repertoire in performances throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to his active performance career, he is professor of music and head of the voice area in the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo.
A frequent, highly sought after soloist in major concert and oratorio works, Dr. George made his New York Lincoln Center debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah at David Geffen Hall. Other recent concert performances have included Messiah and Bach Magnificat with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the El Paso Choral Society, Mozart Requiem with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra. His upcoming engagements will include a return to the Alabama Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart Requiem with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Bach Magnificat at the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Internationally, Dr. George has performed at numerous international festivals and prestigious venues including Festival Internacional de Musica Sacra in Ecuador, La Folle Journée in France, Spain’s Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada and Festival Internacional de Santander, the Cayman Arts Festival of the Grand Cayman Islands, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the American Cathedral in Paris, Lensoveta Palace of Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Royal Dublin Society and Wexford Opera House in Ireland and the Spaso House of the United States Embassy in Moscow. He has also been heard throughout Russia as a soloist with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Equally at home on the operatic stage, Dr. George has sung a diversity of leading lyric tenor roles, including his recent role debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham (2017) and the role of Leader in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis (2018). Other role highlights have included Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La Traviata, Gérald in Lakmé, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess and the title role in Albert Herring. Lauded for his poignant interpretations of the American Negro spiritual, he has also recorded and toured extensively, including multiple concert tours throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Ireland and South America as a featured soloist with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.
A champion of American art song and an avid song recitalist, Dr. George’s research explores the study and performance of song literature based on the writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes. He sang the world premier of Adolphus Hailstork’s Four Romantic Love Songs on poems of Dunbar for the 2012 African American Art Song Alliance Conference held at the University of California, Irvine. Also noted for his interpretations of art songs by Harry T. Burleigh, Dr. George was invited to be part of a lecture-recital presentation titled A Vein of Fresh Melody – H. T. Burleigh Ushers in the African American Art Song with Ethnomusicologist and Burleigh Scholar Jean Snyder at the 2017 Art Song Alliance Conference. His other recent recital engagements have included a lecture-recital presentation titled American Song in Poetry: Celebrating the Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar at the University of Pikeville (KY), Honor, Honor: A Salute to Art Songs and Spirituals by African American Composers for the Distinguished Artist Series at Gardner-Webb University (NC), An Homage to the Art Songs and Spirituals of H.T. Burleigh at Shelton State Community College and a recital performance for the Shivers Concert Series in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Recipient of the 2013-14 UM College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, Dr. George holds graduate degrees in voice performance and opera/musical theater from The Florida State University and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and completed advanced studies in opera performance at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he was selected nationally for the prestigious NATS Teacher-Intern Program held at Colorado State University. His primary voice teachers have included tenors Larry Gerber, Everett McCorvey, Alfonse Anderson and soprano Jeanine Wagner. In competition, he was named a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the NATS Artist Awards competition, and a finalist in the Orpheus National Voice Competition, among others.
Additional information, including recordings and upcoming performance dates are available at Dr. George’s personal website: www.roderickgeorge.com.