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Twyla Robinson

About this Artist

Soprano TWYLA ROBINSON is a winner of the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She also received First Prize in the 2001 Competizione dell'Opera in Dresden and in the 2002 MacAllister Competition.

Robinson joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano for their season opening concerts in Mahler's Symphony No. 2. She returned to Boston Baroque to sing the title role of Handel's Agrippina and to the Choral Arts Society in Washington, D.C. for Alexander's Feast. Robinson made her debut with Opernhaus Zürich this season portraying Florinda in Schubert's Fierrabras. She also makes her debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, conducted by Bernard Haitink, and with the Berlin Staatskapelle in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, with Pierre Boulez conducting.

Twyla Robinson's 2004/05 season featured debut engagements with symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe. She joined the West German Radio Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov for concert performances of Strauss's Elektra and Daphne, both recorded for Decca Records. She made her debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with the Dresden Philharmonic and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Robinson returned to the Houston Symphony to sing Mahler's Das klagende Lied and to the Atlanta Symphony for Handel's Messiah. She sang Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony under Yuri Temirkanov, followed by the world premiere of Gil Shohat's The Songs of Bathsheba with the Milwaukee Symphony and John Nelson. In the spring she sang a recital at London's Wigmore Hall and she concluded her season with several performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas.

During the 2003/04 season she made her debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, as the Fourth Maid in Elektra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, conducted by Pierre Boulez.

Twyla Robinson is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Music and from Indiana University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Robinson is a Marilyn Horne Foundation recitalist.