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Phillip Boykin

Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance '95
Hartt Alumni Award 2015

This is a picture of Phillip Boykin

Phillip Boykin, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, became involved in many musical activities that helped to enhance his special talents. He began his vocal and theater training at the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theater For Youth, directed and created by his adopted father the late Dwight E. Woods, The Greenville Fine Arts Center and The South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts. His exceptional gifts led him to explore the musical world of opera and musical theater. His studies in opera began at South Carolina State where he was encouraged to audition for the North Carolina School of the Arts to study with professor Fredrick Moses. During his rewarding time at NCSA, he performed the role of Elder Ott in Susanna and traveled to Germany, France, and Italy as the bass-baritone soloist with the North Carolina School For The Arts Orchestra International Music Program.

He transferred to The Hartt School, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. At Hartt, he performed in Recitals, Oratorios, Operas and Scenes with leading roles, as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte. He performed as soloist with The Hartt School’s Chorus and Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NY. Some other guest appearances included performances with Connecticut Opera Express, Connecticut Concert Opera, Miami Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Russian National Symphony, Dayton Orchestra, Bristol Symphony, and the Greenville SC Symphony.

He then studied at Howard University, where he pursued a Masters degree in Opera and Jazz Vocals. While at Howard, he was a featured soloist with the Howard Singers in Spain, the US Virgin Islands, Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, and throughout the USA on a National Tour. Phillip’s performances have taken him to many prestigious concert venues. He was also featured in Washington at the Kennedy Center in the annual Mike Malone’s production of the hand-slapping gospel musical, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Phillip’s passion for music and working with young people was evident in his involvement with the Washington National Opera Company’s Opera’s Schools Program. This initiative was designed to provide youth with a first-hand look into Opera.

Phillip spent some years in Cleveland, Ohio where he was a member of the Cleveland Opera’s Associate Artist Roster. He performed roles in Operas Scenes that included Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello in La Boheme, Herr Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Scarpia in Tosca. In addition, he performed at the Karamu Theater as Orpheus in the musical, Famous Orpheus. The Free Times News stated, “The Cast of Famous Orpheus is led by the very talented Phillip Boykin as the title character. His clear, vibrant, multi-octave voice easily lives up to Orpheus’ billing as the ‘famous’ singer.”

International tours have afforded him the opportunity to essay the roles of Crown, Jake, and Jim in “Porgy and Bess” throughout Germany, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, and the United States. He toured with the Golden Gospel Singers as Star of the Show throughout Italy and Germany. He’s toured with the Harlem Gospel Singers as assistant Choir Director in Spain, Italy, and Germany. He also has performed throughout Asia with The New York Harlem Singers, of which he served as a feature baritone soloist, the Director and Company Manager.

During the National Tour of the dramatic-musical Show Boat, reviewers acclaimed him in the role of Joe as “Volcanic”, “A Warehouse Bass”, “Magnificent and Breathtaking, Memorable”. Similarly, the staff writer of The Spokane news wrote, “And it’s hard to imagine a voice stronger than that of Phillip Boykin, who sang the best rendition of “Ol’ Man River” that I can remember”.

In 2011, he made his New York City Opera Debut as Inspector Watts in the new opera by Tony nominee and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz’s, Séance’ On A Wet Afternoon in which he earned great reviews.

In 2012, he made his Broadway debut as Crown in the 2012 TONY award winning Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NY with the 5-time TONY Award Winner Audra McDonald, TONY nominee Norm Lewis and 3-time TONY nominee David Alan Grier. Mr. Boykin now joins this phenomenal list of Broadway stars with his own TONY, Drama Desk, and an Outer Critic’s Circle Award Nomination. He received the 2012 Theater World Award for his Outstanding Broadway Debut.

In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Broadway Classics; presently he is featured in Leonard Bernstein, Betty Camden, & Adolph Green’s Broadway Revival of On The Town at the Lyric Theatre.

Phillip has extended his acting/singing beyond the Broadway stage to making his debut in the Peter Cousens film Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jr. His character, Big Hand, helps slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. He was most recently seen in as Andre’s driver in the Chris Rock movie Top Five.

Robert Brubaker

Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance '77
Hartt Alumni Award 2012

This is a picture of Robert BrubakerRobert Brubaker ’77 has established himself as a leading tenor in opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, praised for the clarity and power of his voice and the impact of his acting.  He has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, and other major opera houses around the world.  

As Opera News summed it up when writing about his Golitsin in the new Andrei Serban production of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina at the Bastille, unveiled in December, 2001, "Brubaker once again showed that, for sheer stamina in high-lying music, he has few rivals.”

Engagements  also include the Kaiser in Die Frau Ohne Schatten with Deutsche Oper Berlin; Laca in Jenufa at the English National Opera; Boris in Katya Kabanova at the Theater an der Wien; Mephistopheles in the premiere of Busoni's Doktor Faust at Teatre de la Maestranza in Seville; a return to the Glyndebourne Festival for the world premiere of the new opera, Love and Other Demons, composed by Peter Eötvös; Herodes in Salome in Bologna; Alviano in Die Gezeichneten at Los Angeles Opera; a reprise of Don Ygnacio in Of Love and Other Demons at Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg; Loge in Das Rheingold at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Mao Tse-Tung in Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in Der König Kandaules for Vienna Volksoper; Captain in Wozzek at Santa Fe Opera; and the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel and Mime in the Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera.

Other career highlights include Mime in Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by James Levine and broadcast internationally; his appearances at the Salzburg Festival in the title role of Zemlinsky's Der König Kandaules, and as Alviano in Die Gezeichneten, both with Kent Nagano; as Count Pierre Bezukhov in War and Peace with the Opéra National de Paris, directed by Francesca Zambello; Mephistopheles in the Metropolitan Opera's premiere of Busoni's Doktor Faust; Golitsin in Khovanshchina at the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case at the Metropolitan Opera opposite Catherine Malfitano; the same role at Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera, where it was also recorded for Chandos Records with Sir Charles Mackerras; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at Covent Garden on opening night of Antonio Pappano's first season as music director; Guido Bardi in Zemlinsky's Eine Florentinische Tragödie with James Conlon conducting; Aegisth in Elektra, and Herodes in Salome at Teatro alla Scala; his Glyndebourne Festival debut singing his first Laca in a revival of Nicholas Lehnhoff's acclaimed production of Janáček's Jenufa, followed by the same role for his Dallas Opera debut; the title role in Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Company conducted by artistic director Richard Bradshaw, with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, with the English National Opera and at Aldeburgh; and the title role in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg at the Opéra National de Paris and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

Mr. Brubaker has also performed Dimitri in Boris Godunov at the Opéra National de Paris; Gherman in Pique Dame with Olga Guryakova as Lisa at Montpellier Opera; the same role at Teatro San Carlo in Napoli and the Hamburg Staatsoper; Siegmund in Die Walküre with Teatro Real in Madrid and also with Austin Lyric Opera; Jimmy Mahoney in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Edward Fairfax Vere in Billy Budd at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West at Austin Lyric Opera and in concert with the Melbourne Symphony; Arbace in concert performances of Idomeneo with the Munich Philharmonic led by then-music director James Levine; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; and Chairman Mao in Nixon in China, Don José in Carmen, Jim Mahoney in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Filke in From the House of the Dead, and Sergei in an acclaimed revival of the David Poutney production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for English National Opera.

Mr. Brubaker appears on DVD, as Count Pierre Bezukhov in War and Peace with the Opéra National de Paris, directed by Francesca Zambello and directed by Gary Bertini available on TDK; and as Alviano Salvago in Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten from the Salzburg Festival, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and conducted by Kent Nagano.

Mr. Brubaker can be heard on audio recordings as the title role in Der König Kandaules from the Salzburg Festival conducted by Kent Nagano, available on Andante Records; Gregor in The Makropulos Case conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Boris in Katya Kabanova conducted by Carlo Rizzi (slated for future release) on Chandos Records; and on Naxos American Classics' recording of Avodat Shabbat by Herman Berlinski, conducted by Gerard Schwartz.

Mr. Brubaker, a Mannheim, Pennsylvania native, received his degree from The Hartt School where he studied with David Ray Smith.  He and his wife now reside in New York City, where he studies with Bill Schuman.

To learn more about Mr. Brubaker, visit http://www.belcantoglobalarts.com/artist/rober-brubaker/

Rebecca Correia

BMus 2003

This is a picture of Rebecca CorreiaRebecca grew up in the small town of Rochester, MA, where she grew up on a rural horse farm. Her musical career began at an early age; at nine years old she was already writing her own songs. She attended The Hartt School where she earned her degree.

Her voice is delicate and ethereal, and her music is emotionally driven with touches of country style.

Rebecca has written over 200 songs, and has opened for artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Shawn Colvin, Tracy Bonham, Freedy Johnston, Reel Big Fish, Black Eyed Peas, Lucy Kaplanksy, Vance Gilbert, Livingston Taylor, Melissa Ferrick, Cliff Eberhardt, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Raining Jane, and Ryan Cabrera. She is also close friends with fellow Hartt Alum Javier Colon.

Rebecca has also release 5 indie CD’s, which include critically-acclaimed Miss You and Soul of Me which was recorded live at Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City.

Rebecca currently spends her time between both Nashville and back home in Rochester. She averages around a hundred shows a year.