Biography of Maynor Kevin:
Reviewing Kevin Maynor's CD Paul Robeson Remembered, Fanfare magazine exclaimed, "This is a ‘super’ voice - a voice to compare not only to Robeson but also to Alexander Kipnis, to Boris Christoff, even to Ezio Pinza - in other words to the very greatest bass voices of the century." American bass Kevin Maynor has scored successes in over 40 operatic roles in five languages. The first apprentice artist from the West to study at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Mr. Maynor is a Fulbright Award winner and a recipient of the George London Award, as well as a Richard Tucker Career Grant winner. Critics have praised his "charismatic stage presence as well as a superb voice," his "powerful, resonant tone" and the "jewel in his dark, bass voice." Mr. Maynor’s 2000-2001 season includes performances as Timur in Turandot with Minnesota Opera; as Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Knoxville Opera; as Hunding in Die Walküre with Austin Lyric Opera; and as Zaccaria in Nabucco with Pacific Opera Victoria. Kevin Maynor also appears in recital in the United States. Upcoming engagements for the 2001-2002 Season currently include performances as Joe in Showboat with Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France, and as Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera.
Most recently, Mr. Maynor gave performances as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with New York City Opera; Colline in La Bohème with Dallas Opera; Fafner in Das Rheingold with Dallas Opera; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Mobile Opera; Daland in Der fliegende Holländer with Sacramento Opera; in Shostakovich's Song of the Forest with the Kalamazoo Symphony; Friar Lawrence in Romeo et Juliette with the Flint Symphony, Enrique Arturo Diemecke conducting; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Mississippi Opera; excerpts from Boris Godunov and Mefistofele with the Erie Philharmonic; Fafner in Das Rheingold with Montreal Opera; Aye in Akhnaten with Boston Lyric Opera; the King of Egypt in Aida with Austin Lyric Opera and at the Sabinov Festival in Russia; at the Sabinov Festival, Mr. Maynor sang a tribute recital to Paul Robeson; he sang a Robeson program at Northern Iowa Univerisity and in Ocean Grove, New Jersey; and he returned to China to perform in a series of recitals.
Highlights of Mr. Maynor's 1997-98 season included Pimen in Boris Godunov with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; the Cook in the world premiere of Anthony Davis' Amistad with Lyric Opera of Chicago; a series of recitals and master classes in China sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Pew Foundation Charitable Trust; and recitals in New Haven, Connecticut and at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In the summer of 1997 he had a great success in South Africa with The Biko Project, a recital program he designed and performed at both the Grahamstown Festival and the Market Theater in Johannesburg. During the 1996-1997 season Kevin Maynor's performances included Colline in La Bohème with the Westchester Hudson Opera Company, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with both Opera Pacific and the New Jersey State Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Wildwood Opera, and recitals and lectures at Delaware State University, Augustana College in South Dakota, at Washburn University, and in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Maynor's engagements in the 1995-96 season included recital appearances at Newark's Symphony Hall for the National Association of Negro Musicians, the University of Montana, Lincoln University, Topeka Performing Arts Center, Montana State University, Stecher & Horowitz Music School (Long Island), William Paterson College, Trenton State College, and a debut recital and master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory. He sang the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, performed the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Nashville Opera, and sang the title role in Babar the Elephant at Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society. Further engagements in the 1995-1996 season included a concert with the Little Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall, a performance of Nicholas Flagello's The Passion of Martin Luther King at Carnegie Hall, and recitals and master classes for Tennessee State University and Bennett College in North Carolina. His 1994-95 season included his return to the Greensboro Opera, this time as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and to the Edmonton Opera where he sang the role of Commendatore in Don Giovanni; a performance of Handel's Messiah at Florida A & M University; further performances with New York's Clarion Concerts; and recitals throughout the United States. Highlights of Kevin Maynor's 1993-94 season included performances with the Chattanooga Symphony as Don Fernando in Fidelio, Opera Pacific as Hunding in Die Walküre, Greensboro Opera as the King in Aida, the Opera del Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile as Fafner in Das Rheingold, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He also performed in recital at Mississippi Valley State University, Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and Adelphi University and Hunter College in New York. In the summer of 1994, he returned to the Opera Festival of New Jersey as Colline in La Bohème. Kevin Maynor's 1992-93 season included appearances as Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Connecticut Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with both Cincinnati Opera and Opera Carolina, and a return to New York's Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center for Babar the Elephant and the role of Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Mr. Maynor also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw in an Evening of Great Opera Choruses program recorded for Telarc. In addition, he appeared in a concert program of Monteverdi music at Merkin Hall, in recital at Morehouse College in Atlanta, at Bennett College in North Carolina, Arts Connection in New York City, and throughout New York State during the season. In the 1991-92 season Kevin Maynor made his Scottish Opera debut as Hunding in Die Walküre; returned to Skylight Opera Theatre as Mustafà in L'Italiana in Algeri, and was heard in concert performances of Aida (Ramfis) with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra. During the 1990-91 season, Mr. Maynor appeared with the Skylight Opera Theatre as Ben in Harriet, a Woman Called Moses and returned for a third season to appear as Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne at Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society. In addition, he created the title role in the world premiere of Ulysses Kay's Fredrick Douglass with the New Jersey State Opera. Kevin Maynor has received attention and praise as recitalist throughout the country and in Europe. In the last few seasons he has performed in England, France, and Spain, and in the United States at Rutgers, Tennessee; and A & T (NC) State Universities, Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pennsylvania; Valparaiso University in Indiana; Concordia College in Bronxville, New York; and in Port Washington, Long Island. In particular, his programs featuring the works of African-American composers have been met with great enthusiasm. During the 1989-90 season Mr. Maynor participated in the prestigious Opera Music Theatre International of New Jersey under the direction of Jerome Hines. Other highlights of the season included appearances with the renowned Dr. Billy Taylor Trio with the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall and again with the Society performing the Mozart Requiem. In addition, he was heard at Carnegie Hall in Bellini's Mass and at the Opera Festival of New Jersey as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Highlights of Kevin Maynor's recent seasons include performances of Dead Souls for the American Soviet Cultural Exchange with the Opera Company of Boston under Sarah Caldwell, engagements at Artpark in New York State, appearances in Sir Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time with the New Haven Symphony, the world premiere of Anthony Davis's X with the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia, and the title role in Boito's Mefistofele with the Florida Orchestra.
Mr. Maynor made his New York City Opera debut in 1985 in Philip Glass's Akhnaten. In 1987 he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he sang the roles of both the Armchair and the Tree in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges with the Netherlands Dance Theater. His impressive list of opera credits also includes appearances with the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Virginia Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Long Beach Opera, Nashville Opera, Mobile Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Orlando Opera. He has performed with the Pro Arte Chorale in the Verdi Requiem and with the Baltimore Chorale Society. His festival credits include Wolf Trap, Spoleto, the American Opera Festival in Cincinnati, and Music Under the Stars Festival in Milwaukee. Kevin Maynor has appeared as soloist with orchestras across the country including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Florida Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Long Island Philharmonic. He has worked with such conductors as the late Robert Shaw, Christopher Keene, Dennis Russell Davies, Gabor Ötvös, Ferdinand Leitner, Richard Buckley, John Mauceri, Richard Woitach, John Giordano, Kirk Trevor, Eve Queler, Julius Rudel, David Agler, Spiro Argiris and such composers and directors as Gian Carlo Menotti, George Wolfe, T.J. Anderson, Richard Jones, Seymour Barb, Bliss Hebert, Roberto Oswald, Moshe Leiser, and Patrice Courier. Kevin Maynor can be heard on the Telarc and Fleur de Son Classics labels (The Black Art Song and Paul Robeson Remembered). A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Mr. Maynor has a diploma from the Manhattan School of Music, a B. Mus. Ed. from Bradley University, and Masters degrees from Northwestern University and the Moscow Conservatory. Most recently, he returned from Bologna, Italy where he studied with Paula Molinari at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington.