Degrees and Studies:
Bachelor of Music Performace
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Vocal Performace
The Juilliard School
Lauded by The New York Times as a "terrific singer" with a "deep, rich timbre" and the San Francisco Chronicle as an "opera powerhouse" with a "weighty and forthright" sound, Sidney Outlaw was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010 and continues to delight audiences in the U.S. and abroad with his rich and versatile baritone and engaging stage presence. A graduate of the Merola Opera Program and the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, this rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments for the Naxos Records recording of Darius Milhaud's 1922 opera trilogy, L'Orestie d'Eschyle in which he sang the role of Apollo.
In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Outlaw joined the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Death of Klinghoffer. He also performed thrice with Carnegie Hall: in Haydn's The Creation and Handel's Messiah, both staged by the Oratorio Society of New York, and in a Carnegie neighborhood concerts recital with Howard Watkins in collaboration with St. Michael's Church. In 2014, he made his debut with the Atlanta Opera as "Figaro" in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and sang the title role in Moses with the American Symphony Orchestra. The 2015-2016 season and beyond will see his Dandini in La Cenerentola with Greensboro Opera, appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music and Colour of Music Festivals, his Spoleto Festival debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess, a debut with Madison Opera, and a return to the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Outlaw has been a featured recitalist with Warren Jones at Carnegie Hall and performed Elijah with the New York Choral Society. He traveled to Guinea as an Arts Envoy with the U.S. State Department, where he performed a program of American music, in honor of Black History Month and in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. Recent engagements include Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero with the New York Philharmonic, Schaunard in La bohème with the Ash Lawn Festival, and Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte with North Carolina Opera.
Mr. Outlaw made his English National Opera debut in the 2011-12 season as Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer and appeared as Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly at Opera on the James. Other mainstage roles include Malcolm in Malcolm X at New York City Opera, the cover of Dandini in La Cenerentola with Florida Grand Opera (2009), Ariodante in Handel's Xerxes (2010) and Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the International Vocal Arts Institute, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and a sensational international debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, in both Germany and Israel (2009).
A sought-after concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Outlaw made his Schwabacher Recital debut at the San Francisco Opera center with pianist John Churchwell and collaborates regularly with renowned pianists Warren Jones, Carol Wong, Steven Blier, and Michael Barrett. His concert and recital appearances include debuts of renowned works at major concert halls: Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with Music Academy of the West and "Wednesday At One" at Alice Tully Hall, John Stevens in the world premiere concert of H. Leslie Adam's opera Blake at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and the world premiere of Wayne Oquin's A Time to Break Silence: Songs inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., commissioned by The Juilliard School.
Mr. Outlaw won 2nd Prize in the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's International Competition, 2nd Prize in the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards, National semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, semifinalist in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, finalist in both Concours International Musical de Montreal and George London Foundation, and grand prize in the Florida Grand Opera/YPO Vocal Competition. He holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School.