Hailed for his "impressive singing,"baritone Rob McGinness is an avid performer of both contemporary and traditional opera. An advocate for the evolution of the classical world, Rob has premiered multiple new operatic roles, and created works in collaboration with both children’s theaters and NASA. Currently based in Baltimore, Rob sings with ensembles and opera companies in the United States and Europe. Rob performs regularly with local ensembles Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore Musicales, and Bel Cantanti Opera.
Rob is known for his authentic and moving performances in both operatic and recital repertoire. His operatic roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a role lauded for his “bright baritone and winning jitteriness.” Other recent performances include Le chat, and L'horloge comtoise in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, Jules Goddard in A Wedding by William Bolcom and Don Quijote in De Falla’s puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro. Rob’s concert credits include the baritone Solo in Durufle’s Requiem with both Oberlin College’s Musical Union and The Peabody Concert Orchestra and the bass solo in Schubert’s Mass in G, with Concert Artists of Baltimore, a performance praised by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.”
Rob is deeply invested in bringing new and engaging music to audiences, premiering both his own and other new works. A composer himself, he created and premiered Apollo, an 11-part multimedia song cycle based on the Apollo 11 mission, 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, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and John Musto. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2013, winning several awards including the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship and the Margot Bos Stambler Award. Rob currently studies voice with Dr. Stanley Cornett in Baltimore.
When he is not rehearsing or performing, Rob is an eclectic cook who also enjoys brewing his own beer and cider.