News & ReviewsIntroducing Musical Portraits guest artist: Tim O
February 7, 2016
Baritone Tim O'Brien will be narrating the words of Abraham Lincoln in Aaron Copeland's Lincoln Portrait. Mr. O'Brien has sung with Austin Lyric Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Dale Warland Singers, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and the Rose Ensemble. Recent performances include Verdi's Don Carlo with the Austin Lyric Opera, Bizet's Carmen with Opera LOLA, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and the Ballad of Baby Doe with the Austin-‐based Spotlight on Opera, Winterreise and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with Portland Oregon's The Ensemble, as well as Le Nozze di Figaro, Into the Woods, Ariadne auf Naxos, Sweenety Todd, Les enfants terribles and Madama Butterfly at the Butler Opera Center. Tim has toured nationally and internationally with the St. Paul-‐based Rose Ensemble and has performed as a concert soloist with groups such as the National Lutheran Choir, the St. Peter Choral Arts Society, and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Willamette Week noted his "rich, dark, palette," and his "strong, yet vulnerable" portrayal of Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas was praised by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Tim's performances as a singer and percussionist can be heard on some eleven commercial recordings, including the Grammy-‐nominated Walden Pond (Dale Warland Singers, 2004). Tim maintains an active teaching and lecturing schedule, having held posts at St. Edward's University, Austin, TX, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN and Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.