Morris Robinson is living proof that sports and art can indeed mix. In college, he was a two-time all-American offensive lineman. Today, the 38-year-old Atlanta native is a professional opera singer. A 6-foot-2, 330-pound mountain of muscle, Robinson brings his basso profundo voice to Spivey Hall this week for his first hometown concert since turning opera pro.
It's hardly the career move he planned. After college, Robinson left football behind to enter the corporate world. Upon moving to Boston, he signed up for weekend singing classes at New England Conservatory and wound up learning operatic scenes. When the director of Boston University's music school heard him, she strongly suggested, "You should do this for a living." Robinson auditioned and won a full scholarship to BU. He immediately quit his corporate job and never looked back.
"I don't think music and athletics are so far apart," Robinson says of his musical career. "It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude, a certain resilience that you learn in sports and in life."
Robinson made his debut with the Boston Lyric Opera in 1999, and over the next two years went from ground zero to performing in New York City at both the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.
Still, Robinson feels close to his family roots and hometown. He is in the midst of buying a house here, to make Atlanta both his musical base and home again.
"Atlanta is one of the most diverse communities," Robinson says. "You don't have to fit into a certain box to do music. You don't have to be a clone of what you see. I'm just one example of how you can pursue other avenues."
Morris Robinson performs a recital of arias, songs and spirituals at Spivey Hall, Sun., March 25. $30. 3 p.m. Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org.
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