RUBIN CASAS – bass baritone
Rubin Casas joined the New York City Opera in the 2011 season in Where the Wild Things Are. He was “a strong and imposing Bishop Ruiz” in Florentine Opera’s world premiere of Don Davis’ Rio de Sangre, recorded for commercial release on Albany Records. In 2010 he received the Austin Critic’s Table Award for his winning portrayal of Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge at the Butler Opera Center for which he was called “powerful and emotional” by the Austin American Statesman. His 2009 Opera New Jersey debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor was hailed as “darkly compelling” and he reprised Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Boston Youth Symphony.
Mr. Casas joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2007-08, covering roles in Macbeth, War and Peace, The Gambler and Satyagraha. And his portrayal of the title role of Don Pasquale at Spokane Opera was described as “impressive “by the Spokane Spokesman.
Recent engagements include his Carnegie Hall debut in La Fanciulla del West with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler. He returned to sing with the company once again in Mignon. He also made his Alice Tully Hall debut in Rossini’s rarely performed La cambiale di matrimonio. Other recent roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly at Shreveport Opera and Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Connecticut Grand Opera.
During his tenure as a resident artist with Virginia Opera, Mr. Casas performed many roles including Der Pfleger des Orestes in Elektra, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, and the Wolf in Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood. While with the company he also covered Orestes in Elektra, Scarpia in Tosca and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Additional roles include Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Sciarrone in Tosca.
In concert Mr. Casas recently sang the Bass solos in the Beethoven Ninth Symphony in Austin, Texas and the Brahms Requiem with the Monmouth Chorus and Orchestra in Red Bank, New Jersey. Other oratorio and concert appearances include performances with the New Haven, Meriden and Princeton Symphony Orchestras and a gala performance with Orchestra Miami, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Ricordi.
Having received his Master’s Certificate of Music from Yale University School of Music while in the Opera Program there he was seen as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Don Prudenzio in Il viaggio a Reims, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He was twice a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program and a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Young Artists Program and is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.