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Renowned for his commanding stage presence, exceptional vocal prowess, and unwavering commitment to musical excellence, Roderick George, tenor, has graced prestigious venues on stages across the globe. His concert repertoire spans from the classic masterpieces of Bach and Mozart to the contemporary compositions of composers like Adolphus Hailstork, including recent performances of I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with the Nashville Symphony and in Minneapolis with VocalEssence. He has sung over seventy performances of Handel's Messiah, including his New York Lincoln Center debut, and recent appearances with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the El Paso Choral Society. Other recent engagements have included Mozart Requiem with Northwest Florida Symphony, Carmina Burana with Huntsville Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Alabama Symphony, Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène with New York Repertory Orchestra, and Dvořák Stabat Mater with Highland Park Chorale and Orchestra. He has collaborated with esteemed ensembles throughout the country in performances of R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee, including multiple performances and a recording with the Oakwood University Aeolians.

George has concertized internationally, with notable highlights including appearances throughout Russia with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic. Equally at home on the operatic stage, he has performed a diversity of leading lyric tenor opera roles including Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Gérald in Lakmé, the title role of Albert Herring, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Camille de Rosillion in The Merry Widow and David in I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky. Most recently, George sang the role of Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Wilmington and was featured in Opera Birmingham's "Opera Unveiled: A Concert of Operatic Hits" with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 

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An accomplished song recitalist, George is a champion of American art song with particular interest in the art songs of H.T. Burleigh. As a specialist in the songs set to texts of renowned poets Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, the tenor brings a profound understanding of the cultural and historical significance of these works, infusing each performance with depth, nuance, and emotional resonance. To that end, George had the honor of singing the world premiere of Hailstork’s “Four Romantic Love Songs” on poems of Dunbar at the 2012 African American Art Song Alliance Conference. A multifaceted artist, his professional ensemble affiliations have included recordings and multiple concert tours across North America and Europe with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble and more recently as a featured soloist with the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers. 

With a career that seamlessly combines performance and education, George inspires and empowers the next generation of vocalists and music educators as professor of music at the University of Montevallo. He holds graduate degrees in voice performance, opera, and musical theater, including the Doctor of Music degree, from The Florida State University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with advanced training in Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies. He completed undergraduate degrees in music and English at Stillman College. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, George was selected nationally for the prestigious NATS Teacher-Internship Program held at Colorado State University. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, he also serves on the artist faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. (Updated 5/24)

"Tenor Roderick George sang commandingly as the Leader."

Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Operatic voices are relatively few, but those are realized as exquisite musical instruments by the likes of Roderick George as Leader, the narrator of sorts for this tragic tale who opens the show with a strong resonance that carries throughout."

Mark Bretz, Ladue News

"Roderick George shows a beautiful voice as the Leader of the chorus..."

Steven Callahan, Broadway World

"Tenor Roderick George was sympathetic as Gérald, the British officer who loves her. He has a big voice and high notes that won’t quit.”

Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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