Calvin Griffin, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has been hailed as “outstanding” by Opera News and was commended for his “voluminous bass-baritone” by South Florida Classical Review. In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Griffin made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Adult Robert in Fire Shut Up in my Bones, a role he will reprise in 2022 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Also this season, Mr. Griffin returns to Wolf Trap Opera as Death in Savitri, joins Opera Columbus as Tommy in Fellow Travelers, debuts with Spoleto Festival as Colline in La boheme. On the concert stage this season, Mr. Griffin bows with Amarillo Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem and is a featured soloist in concert with Church of the Palms and the Columbus Greek Cathedral Foundation.
In the 2020-2021 season, he returned to The Atlanta Opera as Dancairo in Carmen, and made his Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut as Simone in Gianni Schicchi and the Narrator in On the Battlefield of Broken Hearts.
His 2019-2020 season included the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Columbus and Virginia Symphonies, and singing Brühlmann and covering Lesbo in Werther in his Metropolitan Opera debut. . In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Griffin returned to the Richmond Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, Florida Grand Opera as the title character in Le nozze di Figaro, Minnesota Opera as Eddie in The Fix, and Wolf Trap Opera as Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Gomez in L’heure espagnole. In a busy 2017 -2018 season, he made exciting debuts with Atlanta Opera as Mother in The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera Birmingham as Escamillo in Carmen, Opera on the James as Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Opera Orlando as Alidoro in La Cenerentola.