The American bass Arthur Woodley has been acclaimed for his performances in both opera and concert.
This season, Mr. Woodley returns to the Seattle Opera in Le nozze di Figaro and makes his debut at the Minnesota Opera as Dick Hallorann in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King. He also reprises his critically acclaimed performance of Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard's Champion at Opera Parallele in San Francisco, a role he created in the world premiere at the Opera Theater of St. Louis in the summer of 2013.
Mr. Woodley has appeared with prestigious opera companies all over the U.S. including the San Francisco 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.
Mr. Woodley has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess. He sang the role in concert with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and on tour in Italy, including Santa Cecilia in Rome, with Yuri Temirkanov. In staged performances, he has appeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Indianapolis Opera, Opera Colorado, the Bregenz Festival, the Savolinna International Festival in Finland, and the Catfish Row Opera Company of Charleston, South Carolina, in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opera's debut.
In concert, Mr. Woodley has appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Modesto Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Collegiate Chorale at Lincoln Center, and at the Bard Music Festival. He also sang the world premiere of God, Mississippi, and Medgar Evers with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and was the bass soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Mexico City with Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Mr. Woodley was born in New York City and raised in Saint Croix. He current resides in Montclair, NJ.