Tenor Roderick George made his New York Lincoln Center debut as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at David Geffen Hall. Frequently in demand as a soloist in major concert and oratorio works, his recent engagements have included Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with Nashville Symphony, Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with Northwest Florida Symphony, Carmina Burana with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and Messiah with the El Paso Choral Society. As an international artist, he has appeared at numerous prestigious festivals and 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, Cayman Arts Festival of the Grand Cayman Islands, Notre-Dame Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris, Lensoveta Palace of Culture in St. Petersburg, the Royal Dublin Society and Wexford Opera House in Ireland, and the Spaso House of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He has also sung throughout Russia as a soloist with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Equally at home on the operatic stage, he has performed a diversity of leading lyric tenor roles.
A champion of the American art song, Dr. George’s research focuses on the study and performance of song settings composed to texts by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes. He sang the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s Four Romantic Love Songs on poems of Dunbar, and has more recently performed Douglas McDonnell’s song cycle, Langston’s Lot for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano at Heidelberg University and Susquehanna University. He is also a noted interpreter of art songs by Harry T. Burleigh. As a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, he has recorded and toured extensively, including multiple concert tours throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Ireland and South America. Dr. George is also featured on the Aeolians of Oakwood University newly released self-titled album as the soloist in Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee.
Dr. George is Professor of Music and voice area head in the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo. A recipient of the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, he holds graduate degrees in voice, opera and musical theater performance from The Florida State University and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), with advanced studies in Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a member of the artist faculty at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan.
Additional information, including recordings and upcoming performance dates are available at www.roderickgeorge.com.