Nigerian-American baritone Babatunde Akinboboye returns during the 2018-19 season, appearing as Daggoo in Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick. Mr. Akinboboye previously appeared with OSJ as Rebonier in Puccini’s La rondine, Marchese D’Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata and as a member of the Scottish army in Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night. Other recent performances featured him as Daggoo in Utah Opera’s recent production of Moby-Dick and Private Manny Davis in Opera Theatre St. Louis’ world premiere of Ruo’s An American Soldier.
As an advocate for the performance of art song and operatic works written by African, and African American composers, Mr. Akinboboye has headlined the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry awards in Lagos, Nigeria, performing a fusion of opera and traditional African music and has been a featured performer at both the National Association of Negro Musicians Annual Conference, as well as the African American Art Song Alliance Conference.
Awards and accolades received include Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and finalist in the International Eisteddfod Vocal Solo Competition in Llangollen, Wales.
Please visit Mr. Akinboboye’s website for more information.