The bass Morris Robinson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, began his career as a football player and did not decide to pursue vocal training until he was 30. He studied at the Boston University Opera Institute, graduated from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, and made his debut there in 2002 in Beethoven’s Fidelio. Since then, he has also appeared at the Met as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as well as in Verdi’s Il trovatore, Aida, and Nabucco; Wagner’s Tannhäuser; Berlioz’s Les Troyens; and Strauss’s Salome. Robinson has made guest appearances at the San Francisco and Los Angeles Opera companies; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Houston Grand Opera; La Scala in Milan; the BBC Proms; and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood, Verbier, and Aspen. As a concert singer, he has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston Symphonies; and the Philadelphia Orchestra.