Justin Austin

Baritone

Biography

Praised in Opera News as “a gentle actor and elegant musician” and in The Wall Street Journal for his “mellifluous baritone,” baritone Justin Austin has been performing professionally since the age of four. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, to professional opera singer parents, Mr. Austin began his singing career as a boy soprano performing at venues such as Teatro Real, Bregenzer Festspiele, Lincoln Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While working with directors such as Götz Friedrich and Tazewell Thompson, he was able to realize early on his love for music and performance.

During the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Austin makes his house debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Marcellus in the company premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, while also covering the leading role of Charles Blow in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones. He joins Lyric Opera of Chicago covering the role of Riolobo in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, stars as George Armstrong in Lynn Nottage’s and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center, and joins Des Moines Metro Opera as Thomas McKeller in Damien Geter and Lila Palmer’s American Apollo. In addition, he returns to Carnegie Hall as the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Oratorio Society of New York, joins the New York Festival of Song for their debut concert at Little Island in New York City, joins the Cecilia Chorus at Carnegie Hall as the baritone soloist in Margaret Bonds’ Ballad of the Brown King, and presents a solo recital at the Park Avenue Armory with pianist Howard Watkins.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Austin was featured in concert with the Metropolitan Opera, Mistral Music, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Maine, Voices of Ascension, Moab Music Festival, and New York Festival of Song. He also starred as Captain Macheath in a film adaptation of Weill’s The Threepenny Opera produced by City Lyric Opera, made his debut at Washington National Opera as Thomas McKeller in the world premiere of American Apollo by Damien Geter and Lila Palmer, and debuted at the Bard SummerScape Festival as Mordred in Chausson’s Le roi Arthus. In recital, he made debuts with Los Angeles Opera, the Hamburg International Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, and Opera Saratoga, while also joining IDAGIO for online concerts at the Global Concert Hall. Mr. Austin had also been scheduled to join the Metropolitan Opera for his house debut in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, directed by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and to perform The Novice’s Friend in John Dexter’s production of Billy Budd.

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Reviews

“As the Father, Justin Austin made his mellifluous baritone count!” 

Heidi Waleson

The Wall Street Journal

“Young baritone Justin Austin sang ‘Peculiar Grace’… with burnished sound and vulnerability.” 

Anthony Tommasini

The New York Times

“Baritone Justin Austin as the father galvanized with his rich tones and eloquent delivery.” 

Geraldine Freedman

The Daily Gazette

“Justin Austin made a vocally arresting, visually impassioned Mordred, rendering a secondary role a star turn.”

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