Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee's performances have been described as "vocally sumptuous," "musically distinctive" and even "acrobatically agile." Having appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Luke's Chamber Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale of New York City, Caramoor International Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival, Lee's recent performances include Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amoreand Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte as well as the tenor solos in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony , Handel's Judas Maccabeus and the Rossini Stabat Mater.
Throughout his performing career he has also worked to preserve and expand the performance of Negro Spirituals in domestic and international performances with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Recently, Lee performed a recital of art song settings of Langston Hughes poetry in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed in the world premiere performance of Buffalo Soldier, an opera based on the story of the segregated 92nd Infantry fighting in Italy during World War II with the International Opera Theater in Cittá della Pieve and Rome, Italy and performed the role of Jesus in the Jules Massanet's oratorio Marie Magdelene. Lee is a featured soloist on a recording of works by composer, George Walker on Albany Records singing musical settings of the Walt Whitman poem "When lilacs last in dooryard bloomed," a poem written as an elegy to Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. Upcoming engagements include concerts with the Reno Philharmonic and Beethoven Lieder recitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. Having completed the bachelor of music in vocal performance at the University of Connecticut, the master of music at The Juilliard School and the doctor of music degree at Florida State University with a doctoral treatise titled "The Poetic Voice of Langston Hughes in American Art Song," he is an assistant professor of voice and opera and director of vocal studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- DM, Florida State University
- MM, The Juilliard School
- BM, vocal performance, University of Connecticut