Baritone Robert Tudor enjoys a vibrant career in the genres of opera, early music, musical theater and cabaret, and as a concert soloist throughout the United States. His professional work with early music began with the celebrated Washington Bach Consort under the direction of J. Reilly Lewis where he was featured soloist in J. S. Bach’s cantatas Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Fiend and Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest, as well as John Taverner’s “God is with us.” Other national concert engagements have included Utrecht Jubilate and Dettingem Te Deum by G. F. Handel, the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé, and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and Hohe Messe.
Since 2007, Robert has been featured annually as guest artist in the Montana Early Music Festival. Concert works as soloist included Franceso Cavalli’s Venetian Vespers, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli’s Venetian Coronation – 1595, Canticum Trium Puerorum by Michael Praetorius, Musikalisches Exequien by Heinrich Schütz, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, and Johannes-Passion by J.S. Bach. He also returns to Montana each summer as an artist and instructor at the Helena Choral Festival, where he directs, teaches and appears as soloist in recitals and concerts.
Robert’s performance as bass soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in 2011 with Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra garnered praise as a “solid and resonant” performer by the Boulder Daily Camera in a concert hailed as “Yet another world-class performance!” in OpusColorado. Other artist engagements have included soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Robert is an active stage performer with credits in opera and music theater that range from La Boheme to The Titanic. His performance as the Second Elder in a staged version of Handel’s Susannah with the Maryland Handel Festival grabbed the attention of The Washington Post, where he was described as having a “powerful singing voice” and “notable acting skills”. In 2012, Robert was honored to appear a guest artist at The Art of Argento – a two-week celebration of the music of contemporary American composer Dominick Argento at the University of Maryland. During his residency at the festival, he performed Argento’s powerful solo work for baritone The Andree Expedition and the mono-dramatic opera A WaterBird Talk.
Robert received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland. He serves as Director of Vocal Activities and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Shepherd University. Awards include an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and Artist of the Year from Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia.