Tenor Robert Chafin has garnered accolades for his dramatic interpretation and versatile creativity on international opera, concert and recital stages. The Virginia native and Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at West Virginia University has over 70 operas in his repertoire and has performed as a guest artist at New York City Opera and in Carnegie Hall. He has performed leading roles internationally in Berlin with the Deutsche Oper and Philharmonie, at the Salzburg Summer Festival, and with companies and ensembles in Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Frankfurt, Brussels, Madrid, Dresden, Milan, Riga, Leipzig, and Israel.
Chafin’s recordings of Franz Schreker’s “Flammen" and "Christophorus,” Richard Strauss’s “Die Liebe der Danae,” Leonard Bernstein's “Candide,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 have received significant critical acclaim. This Spring, Chafin generated notice for his performance in “Mona Lisa” by Max von Schillings at Carnegie Hall, with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein, saying "...Chafin has a big, sweet voice with a stage personality to match..." Future engagements include concerts and master classes in Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Belgium, Germany, and Israel, and will be returning this summer to the faculty of NAPA Music Festival and vocal director of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summerfest.
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