Department of Music

Robert Chafin: Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice

Robert Chafin was born in Christiansburg, Va., and graduated with bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He debuted in Europe in La bohème and then received ensemble engagements with the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, followed by the State Theater of Freiburg and then with the State Opera of Hannover in Germany.

Internationally acclaimed as a Mozart and Rossini tenor, Chafin has branched out into more heroic repetoire, in roles including Apollo (Daphne), Max (Der Freischütz), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Midas (Die Liebe der Danae), Enée (Les troyens), Don José (Carmen), Laca (Jenufa), Menelas (Die Ägyptische Helena) and the title roles in Don Carlo, Idomeneo, and Les contes d'Hoffmann. Chafin has guested in these and other roles in opera companies in New York (NYCOpera and Carnegie Hall), Salzburg Summer Festival, Stockholm, Vienna, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Leipzig, Brüssels, Helsinki, and Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Philarmonie). He has internationally recognized recordings of the operas of Schreker (Flammen and Christophorus), Richard Strauss (Die Liebe der Danae), Bernstein (Candide), Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Stravinsky songs, and the Hindemith Oratorio (Das Unafuhörliche) for compact disc and television productions.

Also at home on the concert stage, Chafin has appeared throughout Europe, the United States, and Israel with leading conductors and musical directors like Riccardo Muti, Marc Albrecht, Donald Runnicles, Andrew Litton, Fréderic Chaslin, Markus Stenz, Michel Plasson, Gary Bertini, Nicolas McGegan, Stefan Anton Reck, Edo de Waart, René Jacobs, Eve Queler, and Alberto Zedda.

Currently a visiting professor of voice at Virginia Tech, Chafin has been teaching privately and in the Hochshule system in Germany and was an adjunct at Radford University in 2012. Chafin also has been doing opera workshops and seminars, staging scenes across the operatic literature, most recently on the faculty in Orlando, Fla., at the International Opera Workshop in August 2012. Radford University's production of Hansel and Gretel, directed by Chafin, received statewide acclaim and was selected as one of Virginia's "Mind's Wide Open" events, featuring children and creativity in the arts.

Upcoming and recent performances include singing at Carnegie Hall in NYC, in the american premiere of Franz Schmidt's Hunchback Of Notre Dame, conducted by Leon Botstein with the Amereican Symphony Orchestra, gala concerts in Germany with Camilla Nylund to critical acclaim in Germany and looking forward to singing Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera on the James and concerts of Elijah in Germany in 2012-13 season.

Robert Chafin

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