Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his impressive singing, supple phrasing and well-supported tone. Rob’s recent operatic performance include title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. He has also sung Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Jules Goddard in Bolcom’s A Wedding, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Committed to promoting and performing new works, Rob regularly premieres new roles, notably Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and as Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree.
Rob’s concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare, Durufle’s Requiem with both Oberlin College’s Musical Union and The Peabody Concert Orchestra and the bass soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, with Concert Artists of Baltimore, a performance acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.”
Deeply invested in bringing new and engaging music to audiences, Rob premieres both his own and other new works. A composer himself, he wrote and premiered Apollo, an 11-part multimedia song cycle based on the Apollo 11 mission, created in collaboration with NASA. Apollo was premiered at IngenuityFest 2013 in Cleveland OH. He has written vocal, orchestral, theatrical, and choral works, including Dick Tracy for Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NH, and The Tragedians an orchestral work performed by the Windham Orchestra in Vermont.
Rob has had the honor of working in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and John Musto. He has won awards and competitions including first place in Sylvia Greene Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, and was a finalist in Annapolis Opera's Competiton. Currently based in Baltimore, Rob performs regularly with local ensembles, and has upcoming engagements as a featured soloist including with Bel Cantanti Opera, Columbia ProCantare, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.