Calvin Griffin, a native of Columbus, Ohio, joined the Florida Grand Opera studio in the 2016-2017 season. Mr. Griffin made his debut with the company stepping in as a cover to sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. In addition, he sang Zaretsky and covered Gremin in Eugene Onegin, sang Victor in Before Night Falls, and Samuel in Un ballo in maschera with the company. Mr. Griffin recently finished a stint with the Arizona Opera Studio where he performed the roles of the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, Zuniga in Carmen, Pistola in Falstaff, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Hortensius in La fille du régiment, Colline in La bohème, and Dr. Grenville in La traviata. In 2016, he made his Opera Columbus debut as Colline in La bohème. In a busy 2017 – 2018 season, Mr. Griffin makes exciting debuts with Atlanta Opera as Mother in The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera on the James as Leporello in Don Govanni, Opera Birmingham singing Escamillo in Carmen, Opera Orlando singing Alidoro in La cenerentola, and will return to Arizona Opera to sing Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Griffin will return to Atlanta Opera to sing Morales in Carmen. In concert, he sings Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony and Bach’s Mass in B minor with Choral Artists of Sarasota.
In the summer of 2017, Mr. Griffin returned to the Glimmerglass Festival as Elviro in Xerxes and the Undertaker in Porgy and Bess. The previous season at Glimmerglass, he sang Fabrizio and covered Gottardo in La gazza ladra, and covered the title role in Sweeney Todd. In 2015, Mr. Griffin returned as an Apprentice Artist to Santa Fe Opera where his assignments included Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Hortensius in La fille du régiment. Mr. Griffin sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, and he covered the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a Studio Artist at The Wolf Trap Opera Company, as well as a participant at the Brevard Music Festival.
In concert, Mr. Griffin made his Richmond Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2015. In 2013, he made his Houston Symphony debut as First Apprentice in Wozzeck. Mr. Griffin performed the baritone solos in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at The Ohio State University, as well as Worthington United Methodist Church. He was also the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem at Terra Community College and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Bluffton University.
In competition, Mr. Griffin was the 2015 winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award. He was awarded a Western Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2014, 1st Place winner in the Tuesday Musical Club Competition in San Antonio in 2012, 1st Place winner in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in 2011, and was awarded a Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2010. He was also a winner in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Corbett Competition and was awarded the Linda Candler Award at the Brevard Music Center.
Mr. Griffin received his master’s degree in vocal performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen King. At The Shepherd School, he was seen in the title role of the Houston premiere of John Musto’s Volpone. Additionally, he performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Polinesso in Ariodante. Mr. Griffin received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University where he performed the roles of Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gustavo in Faramondo.