Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” and The San Francisco Chronicle as “an opera powerhouse”, Sidney Outlaw was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010 and continues to delight audiences in the U.S. and abroad with his rich and versatile baritone and engaging stage presence.
A recent graduate of the Merola Opera Program and former member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, this rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina recently finished his first Operatic recording for Naxos Records recording in its entirety Darius Milhaud’sOresteia of Aeschylus singing the role of Apollo. Mr. Outlaw was a featured recitalist with Warren Jones at Carnegie Hall this season performed Elijah with the New York Choral Society. He was also featured in the role of Burton in Abilene Opera Association’s The Hotel Casablanca. Mr. Outlaw traveled to Guinea as an Arts Envoy this season with the United States States Department, where he performed a program of American music, in honor of Black History Month and in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. He closes the season with concerts of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero with the New York Philharmonic and sings the role of Schaunard in La Boheme with the Ash Lawn Festival. Next season Mr. Outlaw will makes debuts with the North Carolina Opera in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as Guglielmo as well as Atlanta Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in the title role as Figaro.
Mr. Outlaw made his English National Opera debut in the 2011-12 season as Rambo in “The Death of Klinghoffer” and appeared as Prince Yamadori in “Madame Butterfly” at Opera on the James. Other mainstage roles include Malcolm in “Malcolm X” at New York City Opera, Dandini in “La Cenerentola” with Florida Grand Opera (2009), Ariodante in Handel’s “Xerxes” (2010), Demetrius in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the International Vocal Arts Institute, Papageno in “Die Zauberfloete” and a sensational international debut as Guglielmo in “Cosi fan tutte”, in both Germany and Israel (2009).
A sought-after concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Outlaw made his Schwabacher Recital debut at the San Francisco Opera center with pianist John Churchwell and collaborates regularly with renowned pianists, Warren Jones (The New York Festival of Song and Marilyn Horne’s On Wings of Song series), Carol Wong, Steven Blier, and Michael Barrett. His concert and recital appearances include debuts of renowned works at major concert halls: “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” at Avery Fisher Hall, Mahler’s “Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen” with Music Academy of the West and “Wednesday At One” at Alice Tully Hall, John Stevens in the world premiere concert of H. Leslie Adam’s opera “Blake” at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York and the world premiere of Wayne Oquin’s, “A Time to Break Silence: Songs inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, commissioned by The Juilliard School.
Mr. Outlaw’s awards include 2nd Prize in the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards, National semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, semi-finalist in the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition, finalist in both Concour International Musical de Montreal and George London Foundation, and grand prize in the Florida Grand Opera/YPO Vocal Competition. He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.