class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---With a repertoire of more than 83 major roles, dramatic baritone Robert McFarland has delighted the opera world from Milano to New York. The singing actor performs 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall at Salisbury University.
class=""MsoNormal"">Winning the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1979 led to his eight-year, 27-role career at New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills. Since then, McFarland’s vocal artistry has been showcased in nearly every major opera house in the world in the roles of Rigoletto, MacBeth, Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio (I Pagliacci), Germont (La Traviata), Iago (Otello) and many others.
class=""MsoNormal"">His recording of Donizetti’s Maria de Rudenz was hailed by critics as the new “gem of Donizetti.” His European debut as Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera with conductor Bernard Haitink also earned glowing reviews, as did his internationally successful performance at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, where he performed the role of Major Kavalioff in Shostakovich’s The Nose in Russian.
class=""MsoNormal"">A graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, TX, McFarland earned his Performance Certificate from Indiana University School of Music. He has taught voice for more than 25 years, including master classes in Europe, Canada, South America and in the United States. He also has served as an adjudicator for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Metropolitan Opera auditions and national vocal competitions.
class=""MsoNormal"">In 1997 he joined the voice faculty of Temple University, where he was awarded the title of Artist-in-Residence in 1999. He currently teaches at the McFarland Artist's Voice Studio in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Music, his performance at SU is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271. "