Twyla Robinson, Class of 1993
Twyla Robinsonís incisive musicianship, ravishing vocal beauty, and dramatic delivery have taken her to the leading concert halls and opera stages of Europe and North America. She has been heard in performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. She has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hans Graf and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Twyla begins this season making her debut singing Dvorakís Te Deum with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Robinson opened the 2012-2013 season with her first performances of Mendelssohnís Lobegesang in her debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. During the season she returned to the Indianapolis Symphony adding Messiaenís Poèmes pour Mi to her repertoire. Further concert performances for Ms. Robinson included Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Cincinnati Symphony and Brahmsí Ein deutsches Requiem with Alabama Symphony. On the opera stage, Ms. Robinson sang the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the Orlando Philharmonic and returned to Cincinnati Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.
Recent performances for Ms. Robinson include debuts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. She also made her Opera Colorado debut as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro last season. In the summer of 2010, she was seen in a performance of Mahlerís Symphony No. 8 with Jiří Bělohlávek at the opening night of the BBC Proms, broadcast worldwide on BBC television. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony in performances of Leoö Janáčekís Glagolitic Mass and was heard in Zemlinskyís Lyric Symphony with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony, and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
In the 2010Ė2011 season, Ms. Robinson made her debut with the New York Philharmonic in performances of Mendelssohnís Elijah with Alan Gilbert and was heard in performance of Mahlerís Symphony No. 2 with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony. She debuted with San Diego Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and returned to the National Symphony for performances of Zemlinskyís Lyric Symphony with Christoph Eschenbach. Ms. Robinson opened the season with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in performances of Beethovenís Symphony No. 9 and was heard in Brahmsí Ein deutsches Requiem with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony. In the summer of 2011, she was heard in performances of Mahlerís Symphony No. 2 with Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival.
In high demand for concert performances, Ms. Robinson regularly performs with top orchestras in the United States and Europe. She made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in Beethovenís Symphony No. 9, which she has also sung with the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra at New Yorkís Avery Fisher Hall and the Barbican Centre in London. The performance in London was released on the LSO Live label. A frequent soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, her performances include Straussí Four Last Songs, Haydnís Lord Nelson Mass, Verdiís Requiem, and Alice Ford in Verdiís Falstaff. She debuted with the National Symphony in performances of Griegís Peer Gynt, and with the St. Louis Symphony in Rossiniís Stabat Mater. Further performances include Brahmsí Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mahlerís Symphony No. 2, and Beethovenís Christ on the Mount of Olives with Atlanta Symphony; Zemlinskyís Lyric Symphony, Brittenís War Requiem and Mahlerís Das klagende Lied with Houston Symphony; and Brahmsí Requiem and the world premiere of Gil Shohatís with the Milwaukee Symphony and Augusta Read Thomas' Absolute Ocean with the Houston Symphony.
As an opera singer, Ms. Robinson has won particular acclaim for her portrayal of Mozart heroines. She has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for New York City Opera and Florida Grand Opera, and, during the 2006Ė2007 season, sang Donna Elvira for San Francisco Opera, which was later broadcast in movie theaters throughout the United States. She has also been heard at Florida Grand Opera as Arminda in La finta giardiniera and as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, a role she repeated at New Orleans Opera and in concert for San Francisco Opera. Other roles include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the title roles of Arabella and Susannah.
Equally active as a recitalist, Ms. Robinson sang Mahlerís Des Knaben Wunderhorn as part of San Francisco Operaís Song Recital Series, followed by four solo recitals under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, including her New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall. Her Carnegie Hall debut was on February 1, 2004, when she joined Marilyn Horne and other world-renowned artists in a gala concert celebrating the venerable mezzo-sopranoís 70th birthday. Ms. Robinson has also sung recitals at the University of Denverís Newman Center, Londonís Wigmore Hall, Theater Bremen and Spivey Hall in Atlanta.
Her recordings include Brahmsís Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mahlerís Symphony No. 8 with Pierre Boulez and the Berlin Staatskappelle, Schubertís Fierrabras with Franz Welser-Möst on DVD with EMI, and Straussí Elektra and Daphne with Semyon Bychkov and the West German Radio Orchestra on the Decca label.