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Known for his stage savvy, Robert Kerr’s foundation in opera began in musical theater. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote of his Falstaff: “He made words matter and conveyed the self-delusion of this likable laughingstock… “
Recent and upcoming: He was Coline with Columbus Symphony and returns to Opera Columbus as Senator Charles E. Potter in Fellow Travelers; the role of Jefferson Caldwell in their production of Vanqui; and returned to Columbus Symphony as soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. He appears regularly with the New Albany Symphony and their annual Rose Run Fest. Most recently he was Marullo in Opera Columbus' Rigoletto.
Mr. Kerr was heard as Germont with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York at Lincoln Center; and sang the King in Aida with Opera Columbus. In previous seasons, Mr. Kerr sang solo engagements with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Ohio Song Project and Denison University. In addition he participated in Opera Columbus's world première of The Flood by Korine Fujiwara directed by Stephen Wadsworth; he was soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Philharmonia Orchestra of New York; the title role of Rigoletto with Opera Projects Columbus; and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Columbus.
Robert Kerr returned to Rose Theater with Maestro Atsushi Yamada and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York in a Verdi concert and sang Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Performance Santa Fe!; and, was the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Project Columbus. He returned to Japan for engagements in performances of Requiem by Minoru Miki in Natori and reprising the work at Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. He was the Germont in La traviata with the Arroyo Foundation; concerts with the Columbus Symphony; covered the role of the King in El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera; was soloist with the New York City Opera Orchestra in a Japan tour of Carmina Burana and sang Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Columbus.
Other engagements include his appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors along with Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja in an Aida tribute to honoree, Martina Arroyo. He sang the title role of Falstaff with the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s “Prelude to Performance” with Willie Waters conducting and was engaged with the Lancaster Festival in Ohio. Mr. Kerr was Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus and made his Indianapolis Opera debut this season as Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. He sang Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois and was soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Große Messe in c-Moll; he reprised the role of Peachum with Amarillo Opera.
Past roles include: Scarpia in Tosca, Secret Police Agent in The Consul, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Germont in La traviata, Ford in Falstaff, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Marullo in Rigoletto, Danieli in Das Liebesverbot, Commissario in Madama Butterfly; and, Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress. Mr. Kerr has sung King Hildebrand in Princess Ida with So. Ohio Light Opera; he was engaged by Opera Memphis as the Sacristan and Jailer in Tosca; and, sang Carmina Burana with the Las Cruces Symphony and El Paso Chorale.
He has appeared in summer stock with The Barn Theater and Huron Playhouse; and in past productions with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Opera Theater and the Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. For three seasons he was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera where he participated in the Young American Artists program. In addition, he was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program where he received advanced training.
La traviata, Prelude to Performance
"Robert Kerr, the baritone singing the role of Germont evinced a full rich voice and did justice to his character and his emotional shifts. His Act II arias bore intense charges. His shame for his son in Act III was palpable. When he embraced Violetta as his daughter in Act IV, we could literally feel his remorse."
— Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
“The hearty baritone Robert Kerr began his career in musical theater, and that experience showed in his performance of Falstaff. He made words matter and conveyed the self-delusion of this likable laughingstock, a character convinced that his girth is actually an imposing physique with natural appeal for cultured women.“
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times