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Opera Powerhouse Sidney Outlaw Goes for a Doctorate


Sidney Outlaw owns a formidable résumé : he’s a world-famous baritone, an international diplomat and a doctoral student in the Department of Music in Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Sidney Outlaw
Sidney Outlaw

Outlaw has been lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” with a “deep, rich timbre,” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as an “opera powerhouse” with a “weighty and forthright” sound. The 2010 grand prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe, Sidney most recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments, for the Naxos Records recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle, in which he sang the role of Apollo.

This past spring, Sidney presented his first doctoral recital with world renowned pianist Warren Jones; his program featured the works of Fauré, Wolf, Bizet, Saint-Säens and Ricky Ian Gordon.

During the 2017 season Sidney made his debut as Frank Lloyd Wright in Daron Hagen’s “The Shining Brow,” with Urban Arias in Washington DC.  This year, he will debut with Minnesota Opera in “Fellow Travelers” as well as Atlanta and Arizona Opera in “Yardbird.” 2018 also brings his debut with the Manchester Chamber Music Festival with his long time collaborative partner and mentor, Warren Jones.  In December, Sidney will release a major recording of Handel’s Messiah with The Baltimore Symphony.  

Perhaps one of Sidney’s most interesting credits is his work with the  U.S. State Department, where he worked directly under President Barack Obama as a cultural arts ambassador for the Arts Envoy program. In that position, he performed all over the world including Guinea, West Africa and Russia, where he presented a selection of Gershwin songs at the U.S. Embassy.

In addition to being a doctoral student at Stony Brook, Sidney is also a member of the voice faculty at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and has been a member of The Riverside Church of New York City chancel choir for 15 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and his masters degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.  

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