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Baritone GRANT YOUNGBLOOD is a rising star in the singing world, active as a recitalist and on the opera and concert stage. Highlights of his opera appearances include Escamillo in Carmen for Opéra de Monte Carlo's 2000 tour of Japan, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera, and Silvio in I Pagliacci for Florida Grand Opera. Other recent performances include Valentin in Faust with Portland Opera and Minnesota Opera, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore with Virginia Opera, and John Proctor in The Crucible at Central City Opera in Colorado. Youngblood’s concert appearances include his debut with the San Francisco Symphony last June at the Stravinsky Festival, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, singing Renard, Mass, Requiem Canticles, and Canticum Sacrum. Last October he joined Heidi Grant Murphy in the Fauré Requiem with the Louisville Symphony, where he returns for Handel’s Messiah this December. He made his international debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in the Mozart Coronation Mass, Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass, and the Schubert Mass in E-flat Major in the Liturgica Festival.
As a recitalist, he performs throughout the country the works of Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Handel, Bach, and the great German Romantic composers. Winner of numerous awards, Youngblood most recently received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Other prestigious recognition has been given by the MacAllister Awards Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council. He makes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at these concerts.