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Marie Hadley Robinson

Marie Hadley Robinson, a native of Thomasville, GA, made her operatic debut as Aida with the Graz Opera, where she was principal soloist for three years. During her tenure there, she was hailed, by critics as, “the finest Tosca of her generation”. Also at Graz she became the first soprano of her race to portray the role of Sieglinde in Die Walküre in a staged performance anywhere in the world. Subsequent engagements took her to Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Prague, Kassel, Zurich, and a tour of Japan with the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. She also later was principal soloist for five years with the National Theatre Mannheim. Her repertoire includes thirty-three major roles and she has appeared in forty-two companies in Eastern and Western Europe as well as in South America. In the United States, she has performed with the Michigan Opera Theater, Los Angeles Opera Theater, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Omaha and Opera Ebony. Ms Robinson has appeared in recitals at Shenandoah, Florida A&M, University of Iowa Universities and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where she was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Paul Hill Chorale and the Washington Oratorio Society. With Opera Ebony, she sang in the concert version of Fosca by Brazilian composer, Carlo Gomes in New York and with the Saskatchewan Symphony in Saskatoon, Canada a concert version of Porgy and Bess. Her latest concert of Porgy and Bess was with the late William Warfield at Longwood Gardens, PA with the Kennett Symphony. Ms. Robinson performed the role of Aida with Opera International in Mexico, Hong Kong, Marseille, Lyon, and with Opera Delaware. At the University she co-directed The Medium, Gianni, Schiccihi, The Stoned Guest, Trial by Jury, and The Secret Marriage and teaches applied voice. During the Fall of 2002, she produced the Marriage of Figaro with Leland Kimball as director and Patrick Evans as musical director. Dr. Robinson earned a Masters and Doctor of Music Degree in Performance from Florida State University where she studied with Elena Nikolaidi and Yvonne Ciannella. She earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education at Florida A&M University. There she studied with Dr. Rebecca Steele. Her awards include prizes in the VI Internacional de Canto, The Palm Beach Civic Opera Audition, the Duguid Fellowship Award, and the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in 2010 for the National Opera Association. She is member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Delta Alpha German Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She serviced on the boards of OperaDelaware, Delaware Classical Showcase, Delaware Valley Chorale, The Newark Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera Association, as well as a pass Delaware State Governor of NATS. Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Delaware.

With a lifetime of experience, this recording brings us masterful performance of music from Nadine Shanti, Lena McLin, Betty Jackson King, Margaret Bonds, Florence Beatrice Price, and Undine Smith Moore.  Joining Marie in accompaniment is pianist Julie Nishimura. Nishimura has performed in the chamber music series of Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and she has been a guest artist at more than 30 college campuses. Ms. Nishimura is a perennial favorite at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and California Summer Music. An incredible collection, beautifully recorded, get your copy today!

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All photos of Marie Robinson's project are created by Sarah Davenport.


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