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Gene Galvin - Bass-baritone

The Catholic University

Eugene Galvin, Bass-Baritone, praised in Opera News for his “rich voice and superb musicianship,” has entertained audiences in venues from Rose Hall at Lincoln Center to home plate at Nationals Park, and shared stages with artists as diverse as Victor Borge (who conducted his Sarastro in Magic Flute) and Patti Lupone (in Regina at the Kennedy Center).  


Mr. Galvin has sung with the Washington, Wolf Trap, New York Grand, Cincinnati, Sarasota, Cleveland and National Operas, Opera New England, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Summer Opera Theater companies and others in over fifty roles which include Basilio, Don Giovanni, Colline, Dulcamara, DeBecque, Gremin and Pandolfe. Recent engagements include roles in Washington Concert Opera’s La Cenerentola, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Werther, and as Bartolo in Opera Lafayette’s revival of Paisiello’s Barber of Seville at the Kennedy Center last April.  Also with Opera Lafayette, he can be heard on Naxos Records’ recording of Monsigny’s Le Deserteur.  Though better known as a bel canto specialist, he has stayed up to date by creating two roles in Wolf Trap Opera’s critically acclaimed world premiere of John Musto’s Volpone.


On the concert stage, Mr. Galvin has performed with Ute Lemper and the National Symphony in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins and as bass soloist in the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. In Cimarosa’s one man opera “Il Maestro di Cappella,” done with various orchestras, he has been called “hilarious… rich in tone and flexible in expression; he is as talented in acting as in singing, and impressively versatile” (Washington Post).

Mr. Galvin has sung and directed his own translations of Donizetti’s Rita and Viardot’s Cendrillon, directed productions for Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Belcantanti Opera, and Catholic University. Mr. Galvin holds a D.M.A. in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Dominic Cossa, an M.M. degree from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. from Frostburg State University.  He has taught voice and directed opera workshops at The Catholic University of America, University of Maryland and Geroge Washington University, and is currently Director of Opera and Lecturer in Voice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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