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Marlin Miller

  • Tenor

Biography

In 2001, Marlin Miller sang Lensky, Eugene Onegin at the Vereinigte Bühnen Theater, Graz under the Musical Directorship of Philippe Jordan. In the season 2002-2003 he could also be heard as Werther, Nemorino, L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Jupiter, Semele and Alfred, Die Fledermaus.He returned to this theatre in the 2005-2006 season to sing Hoffmann, Fenton, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and Tamino, Die Zauberflöte and marked his invitation to De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp to sing Jupiter in Handel’s Semele.

Miller began his career as a member of the Lyric Opera Centre for American Artists, the training program of the internationally renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the 1999-2000 season, Miller was heard on the Lyric Opera of Chicago main-stage in three of the company's most highly praised productions of recent years: as Tolly in the world premiere of William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge, as Remendado in John Copley's production of Carmen, and as both the Sailor and Shepherd in Francesca Zambello's production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Lyric audiences heard Miller during the 2000-2001 season as the Radio/Band Singer in the company premiere of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. With the Opera Center and the Grant Park Symphony, Miller performed in concert at the 1999 Grant Park Music Festival singing Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni and in 2000, Count Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In concert he performed Britten's Canticle III and Vaughan William's Songs of William Blake with the Chicago Chamber Musicians.

Prior to entry to Chicago Opera Centre, the Ohio-born artist earned praise at Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, as Mozart's Tamino and Ferrando, Rossini's Lindoro, Verdi's Alfredo, and Offenbach's Hoffmann. His relationship with Tri-Cities Opera continues to this day and he returns this year to sing his first Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette.

Miller enjoys performing leading operetta roles; these include The Gondoliers, and The Mikado (both with the Colorado Symphony) and Camille in The Merry Widow at Utah Festival Opera and at the Opera House in Graz Austria. His extensive concert repertoire was built starting as soloist with choral organizations throughout his native Ohio and performances of the major sacred works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Respighi and leads to international invitations including Mozart’s Mass in C with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

2006 marked his debut at the Teatro Reggio di Parma as Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw under the direction of Maestro Bruno Bartoletti and was quickly followed by him being invited to sing his first Tom Rakewell to open the season at the Teatro Communale di Bologna under Maestro Daniele Gatti.