Baritone Robert Mobsby has appeared as an oratorio, concert, and opera soloist throughout the Eastern United States. Mr. Mobsby was a semi-finalist in the Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition.

Recent performances include a solo recital of Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel and Finzi’s Let us Garlands Bring at the church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York; Bach’s Cantata 45 and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Cornerstone Chorale; The Seven Last Words of Christ of Dubois at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Oratorio Society of New Jersey; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Schubert’s Mass in G with the Cornerstone Chorale; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Serenade to Music at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, New York; Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Salieri’s Mass in D on the Grace Music Concert Series in Nyack, New York; Thomas Beveridge’s cantata, Give Me the Splendid, Silent Sun with Manhattan’s New Amsterdam Singers; and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio at Brownson Presbyterian Church in North Carolina.

Other performances on the Grace Music series include Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer and Vier Duette. With the Cornerstone Chorale, he has performed Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. With The Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Mr. Mobsby has sung Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C.

Mr. Mobsby has appeared in concert with the Adelphi University Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Brahms’ Requiem; and with Long Island’s Waldorf Choral Society in Verdi’s Requiem and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. He has performed Poulenc’s secular cantata Le Bal Masqué with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the State College Choral Society in Pennsylvania.

Connecticut performances include the roles of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Christ in Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat with the Greater Middletown Chorale. Mr. Mobsby has also appeared as a soloist in Bach’s Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, with the Hartford Symphony; with the Kent Singers in performances of the arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; with Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA) in performances of Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion; and the arias in the St. John Passion with Woodland Choral Society.

In Puccini’s La Bohème, Mr. Mobsby has sung the roles of Schaunard with Commonwealth Opera and Marcello with Opera Theater of Connecticut. In Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, he has sung the roles of Balthazar with Pittsburgh Chamber Opera Theatre and Melchior with Connecticut Opera. Mr. Mobsby sang the role of Gunther in A Wagner Experience: Siegfried and Brünnhilde with the Hunter Symphony; and with Opera Manhattan, Le Fauteuil and L’arbre in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortiléges, and Ennius in Massenet’s Cléopâtre. He sang the role of Il Moderato with Bronx Arts Ensemble in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and, with Downtown Music Productions, appeared as The Father in the premiere of David Strickland’s opera, Phoenix Park (A Poet’s Journey).

Mr. Mobsby has premiered the songs of several composers, including songs of David Sisco at the Liederkranz Club; Two Environmental Songs of Bruce Lazarus with Downtown Music Productions; and Keith Snyder’s Five Feynman Songs at The Riverside Church.

Mr. Mobsby has been heard in recital on the Music Mondays series at Broadway United Church of Christ in Manhattan; on the Music from the Top series at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut; at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka; at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina; at the Morning Music Club of Rockland County, New York; and at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York. He appears in duo-recitals as part of Music Made for Two with his wife, mezzo-soprano Robin Lynne Frye, most recently at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York.

 

REPERTOIRE

 

Opera

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti
Balthasar, Melchior

Cléopâtre, Massenet
Ennius

La Bohème, Puccini
Marcello, Schaunard

L’Enfant et les Sortiléges, Ravel
Le Fauteuil, L’arbre

Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart
Antonio

Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
Silvio

Otello, Verdi
The Herald

Phoenix Park (A Poet’s Journey), David Strickland
The Father

Rigoletto, Verdi
Marullo

Tosca, Puccini
Angelotti, Jailer, Sciarrone

La Traviata, Verdi
Doctor Grenvil, Marquis d’Obigny

Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein
Trio baritone

 

Concert and Oratorio

Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Bach

Magnificat, Bach

Mass in B Minor, Bach

St. John Passion, Bach
Jesus, Bass Soloist

St. Matthew Passion, Bach
Bass Soloist

Choral Fantasy, Beethoven
Bass Soloist

Mass in C, Beethoven

Ninth Symphony, Beethoven

Give Me the Splendid, Silent Sun, Thomas Beveridge

Requiem, Brahms

Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, Brahms

Vier Duette, Brahms

Fern Hill, Corigliano
Bass Soloist

Seven Last Words of Christ, Dubois

Requiem, Duruflé

Missa Secundi Toni, Johann Ernst Eberlin

Requiem, Fauré

Solemn Mass of St. Cecilia, Gounod

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Handel
Il Moderato

Messiah, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Handel

Lord Nelson Mass, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Haydn

Mass in Time of War il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Haydn

Missa Sancti Nicolai, Haydn

Elijah, Mendelssohn

Missa Brevis-K. 194, Mozart

Requiem, Mozart

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Mozart

Le Bal Masqué, Poulenc

Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini

Christmas Oratorio, Saint-Saëns

Mass in D (“Hofkapelle-meister”), Salieri

Magnificat, Schubert

Mass in C, Schubert

Mass in G, Schubert

Five Feynman Songs, Keith Snyder

Five Mystical Songs, Vaughan Williams

To Julia, Roger Quilter

Requiem, Verdi