Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “impressive singing ... well-supported tone and supple phrasing.” This season’s highlights include Rob’s Kennedy Center solo debut with The Washington Chorus, as well as performances with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. Next season Rob is trilled to be joining Arizona Opera as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, performing multiple roles including Schaunard in La Bohème and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La Bohème. He has also sung Enrico in Lucia, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
As a featured soloist, Rob has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Duruflé Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare and Schubert’s Mass in G with Concert Artists of Baltimore, where Rob’s performance was lauded by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for it’s “poetic warmth.”
Rob is committed to promoting and performing new works. He regularly premieres new roles, notably Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. Rob’s own compositions include vocal, theatrical and orchestral pieces premiered at IngenuityFest, Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and by the Windham Orchestra in Vermont.
Rob has degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, and was a young artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Bel Canto at Caramoor. His awards and competitions include first place in the Sylvia Greene Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, and finalist in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.