Former football player returns to sing opera
Former Citadel offensive guard Morris DeRhon Robinson will return to his alma mater to perform at 7:30 p.m. May 23 and 3:30 p.m. May 25 in Summerall Chapel. The concert is part of Piccolo Spoleto. Proceeds will go to The Citadel Foundation to benefit scholarships. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. To purchase, call (843) 554-6060 or call a Ticketmaster agent. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.PiccoloSpoleto.com or at the Gaillard Auditorium Box Office, 77 Calhoun Street.
Robinson will perform German songs by Hugo Wolf, Russian songs by Mussorgsky, opera arias by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, as well as various spirituals and gospel songs. He is accompanied by world-renowned pianist, Ken Noda.
A native of Atlanta, Robinson graduated from The Citadel in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He made his singing debut at the age of 6 in front of the Israel Baptist Church congregation. From there, he joined the Atlanta Boy’s Choir and later he attended the Northside School of the Performing Arts. Although he loved singing, he wanted to play football, and he chose a football scholarship over a music scholarship.
At The Citadel, Robinson played football and made a niche for himself singing. He was director and co-founder of the college’s Gospel Choir. He sang at weddings and other area events, and as a senior, he sang the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
After a foray into the business world, Robinson resumed singing, joining the Boston University Opera Institute and singing several roles in the Boston Lyric Opera. He is currently studying with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindeman Young Artists Development Program.
Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach program of Spoleto Festival USA, is produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.