The season, American bass Arthur Woodley, brings his acclaimed performance of Emile Griffith in Terrance Blanchard's Champion to the Montreal Opera and appears in concert with Atlanta Symphony as Rocco in Fidelioand the US Naval Academy's annual Messiah performances. 

Mr. Woodley has appeared with prestigious opera companies all over the U.S. including the San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh, Opera, New Orleans Opera, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.  His many roles have included Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Kuno in Die Freischütz, Banquo in Macbeth, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Sulpice in La Fille du Régiment, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Rocco in Fidelio, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Angelotti in Tosca, Achillas in Guilio Cesare, and Dansker in Billy Budd. He also recently created the role of Dick Hallorann in Paul Moravec's The Shining at the Minnesota Opera and Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard's Champion at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 

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