A central figure in the Washington-area classical music scene, The Washington National Opera has featured Robert Baker in numerous roles totaling more than 300 performances in 43 productions. He has also sung ten roles with the Washington Concert Opera. Recent career highlights include the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s Moby Dick at Princeton University (recorded for Albany Records), his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, which he also recorded during The Spoleto Festival’s production in Italy (released on the Chandos label). He appears frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Baker was soloist on the Grammy Award-winning recording Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano (BMI) and recently sang Triquet in the National Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Eugene Onegin. Last season Mr. Baker appeared in Madama Butterfly; this season he appeared as Spoletta with the Washington National Opera. He has performed Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Apollo Chorus in Chicago. He is a frequent performer of new music, having premiered more than 15 major works, and is a frequent collaborator with D.C. composers Douglas Boyce and Andrew Simpson. In the spring, Mr. Baker will sing with the Cathedral Choral Society. Next season he returns to the Washington National Opera as the Dancing Master in Manon Lescaut. Mr. Baker is proud to have sung with all the major choral organizations in Washington, D.C., starting with the Paul Hill Chorale in 1979, and continuing with conductors Norman Scribner, Reilly Lewis, Robert Shafer, Donald McCullough, Gisele Becker, Tom Beveridge and Julian Wachner. Mr. Baker has been on the faculty of the George Washington University’s Music Department for 20 years, where he currently serves at the Director of Performance Studies.