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Robin Follman

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Robin Follman

Acclaimed performing and recording artist, Robin Follman is described as a soprano with "the whole package." With a devoted following and international acclaim, her repertoire includes opera, concert, and oratorio work in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Opera News says Follman "brought enchantingly pure tone, easy high range and rich musical style to her international-class Marguerite" and "a singer-actress fully worthy of that dual distinction" of her portrayal of Mimi in La Boheme." She is an especially noted Tosca, Marguerite in Faust, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaela in Carmen, and Madga in La Rondine. She remains in constant demand at major opera houses including Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Pacific, Florentine Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Malaysia, Toledo Opera, Hawaii Opera, and Opera Carolina. Recently, Ms. Follman recently performed the Soprano Soloist in the Andrea Boccelli A Royal Christmas Tour west coast tour dates to renowned acclaim. Other engagements this season include the Three Heroines in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with The Madlenianum Opera, Hannah in The Merry Widow with Indianapolis Opera, the title role in The Merry Widow with Fresno Grand Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Madga in La Rondine with Utah Symphony & Opera, and the soprano soloist in Opera Santa Barbara's Gala Concert, Le Donne di Puccini. Engagements for the 2006-2007 Season and beyond include Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Hong Kong, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Manitoba Opera and Opera Carolina, Musetta in La boheme with Opera Columbus, Beethoven's 9th Symphony on Taiwan, as well as numerous concerts and recitals. Other previous engagements include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Marguerite in Faust with Michigan Opera Theater, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Santa Barbara Opera, and Carmina Burana in Portland, Oregon with the widely acclaimed dance troop BodyVox, a Gala Concert with Goldcoast Opera, First Lady in The Magic Flute with the Beijing Music Festival, the Heroines in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Belgrade, Desdemona in Otello with Hawaii Opera, Mimi in La Boheme with Opera Carolina and Musetta with New York City Opera, Hannah in The Merry Widow with the Singapore Lyric Opera and Lyric Opera Malaysia, Micaela in Carmen for Houston Grand Opera, and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Fresno Grand Opera. On her latest solo album Rare Verismo Arias (VOG/Qualiton) with Yves Abel conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, Gramophone Magazine says "a dramatic prowess that tears into the very heart of the style. Some singers invest every note with emotion. Follman's first attention is to the musical line, which she pushes and pulls to great effect...Follman's performances are clearly delineated, with no two characters sounding alike." She can also be heard on Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 82, with the William Hall Master Chorale (Angel), and she will team-up once again with Grammy Award winning producer Michael Haas (Coral Fox, Prod.), conductor Yves Abel and the English Chamber Orchestra for a second solo CD. A frequent visitor to the concert stage, Ms. Follman has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, International Italian Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony. Ms. Follman recently appeared in recital with tenor Warren Mok in Taipei, Taiwan with the Purely Professional Orchestra in the National Cultural Center. In addition, she has performed the soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabet Mater with the Macau International Music Festival in a live Asian broadcast, Serpina in La Serva Padrona with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and Violetta in La traviata with the South Texas Symphony.