Lauded by The San Francisco Chronicle as "An Opera Powerhouse," and The New York Times as a "terrific singer," Sidney Outlaw, baritone was the 2010 Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe. Outlaw, a rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina, recently made his debut with The English National Opera as Rambo (The Death of Klinghoffer), and has performed the roles of Malcolm (Malcolm X), Xerxes (Ariodante), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream),and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), as well as an international debut as Guglielmo(Così fan tutte) in both Germany and Israel.
After completing the prestigious Merola Opera Program, where he performed as Dr. Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), he also presented a Schwabacher Debut Recital for The San Francisco Opera Center and was a Gerdine Young Artist with The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Mr. Outlaw is also a graduate of the acclaimed Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Studio. While there, he appeared in a number of roles: Prince Yamadori (Madame Butterfly), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Marquis D'Obigney (La Traviata) and Achilla (Giulio Cesare). Mr. Outlaw's orchestral and recital performances include: Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor at Avery Fisher Hall and "Wednesday At One" at Alice Tully Hall.
Mr. Outlaw has performed several commissioned works, including the world premiere of "A Time to Break Silence: Songs inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.," written by composer and pianist Wayne Oquin and commissioned by The Juilliard School (under the auspices of The Marilyn Horne Foundation), as well as the premiere of "Chain of Hope" (various letters and writings regarding Frederick Douglass), written and commissioned by Libby Larsen.
A recipient of countless awards, Mr. Outlaw holds a master's degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recent engagements include Telemann's Orpheus with the New York City Opera and the title role of Don Giovanni with AIX en Provence Music Festival in France.