Robert Honeysucker, Opera; Vocal Performance
Baritone Robert Honeysucker is recognized internationally for his brilliant opera, concert and recital performances. Honored as 1995 “Musician of the Year" by The Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer, Mr. Honeysucker has also been a winner of the National Opera Association Artists Competition and a recipient of the New England Opera Club Jacopo Peri Award.
Robert Honeysucker's opera performances have included the roles of Amonasro, Escamilio, Germont, Miller, Iago, Renato, Rigoletto and Sharpless. He has appeared with such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Connecticut Opera, Delaware Opera, Eugene Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Company of Boston, Sacramento Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Utah Opera.
Overseas, Mr. Honeysucker has performed such roles as Don Giovanni, Figaro, Sharpless, and Porgy in Auckland, New Zealand; Jake in Berlin, Germany; and Daedalus in the world premiere of Icarus, by Paul Earls, at Brucknerfest in Linz, Austria. Additionally, he has appeared in opera concerts in the Persian Gulf directed by Cesare Alfieri (assistant conductor at La Scala, Milan), as well as numerous concerts in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Robert Honeysucker has enjoyed many engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including an appearance as soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in celebration of Seiji Ozawa’s twenty-fifth season as Music Director. He has most recently appeared as Second Prisoner, in Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by James Levine. He was the baritone soloist in All Rise (Winton Marsalis), conducted by Kurt Masur at Symphony Hall, with a repeat performance at Tanglewood, and has sung Copland’s Old American Songs, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Among his many appearances with the Boston Pops, he sang the final Fourth of July concert on the Esplanade, conducted by John Williams, and appeared in the 2007 Fourth of July concert, conducted by Keith Lockhart.
Engagements in Japan have featured him as soloist with Sapporo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, and Tokyo Philharmonic in Beethoven’sNinth Symphony; soloist with the Tokyo Symphony in Handel's Messiah; The Telemann Chamber Orchestra in Osaka in Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with Jeffrey Rink, conductor; and the Kansai Chamber Orchestra in Kobe and Kyoto in performance of Handel’s Messiah and Bach cantatas.
Mr. Honeysucker is a member of Videmus, as well as member and co-founder of the Jubilee Trio, which presents American art songs, including those of under-performed African American composers.
Discography includes performances on four Videmus discs:"Music of William Grant Still" (New World), "Watch and Pray" (Koch International), "More Still" (Cambria), and Highway 1, USA (Wm. Grant Still) recently released by Albany Records. Mr. Honeysucker is also featured on the Centaur, Ongaku and Titanic labels.