Marie Hadley Robinson earned her Doctor of Music and Master of
Music degrees from Florida State University where she studied with Elena
Nikolaide and Yvonne Ciannella. She earned a Bachelor of Science in
Music Education at Florida A&M University. There she studied with
Dr. Rebecca Steele. Her awards include prizes in the VI Internacional de
Canto, the Palm Beach Opera and the Diuguid Fellowship Award. Her
recent awards include membership into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and
Delta Alpha German Honor Society. Dr. Robinson serves on the boards of
the Delaware Valley Chorale, the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the
National Opera Association, where she is chairperson for the Legacy
Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Delaware. At the UD, she has co-directed The Medium, Gianni Schiccihi, Trial by Jury, and The Secret Marriage. During the fall of 2002, she produced the Marriage of Figaro with Leland Kimball as director and Patrick Evans as musical director.
Robinson made her operatic debut as Aida with the Graz Opera, where she
was principal soloist for three years. During her tenure at Graz, she
was hailed by critics as "the finest Tosca of her generation." Also at
Graz, she became the first soprano of her race to portray the role of
Sieglinda in Die Walkuere in a state performance anywhere in
the world. Subsequent engagements took her to Vienna, Munich, Berlin,
Frankfurt, Prague, Kassel, Zurich and a tour of Japan with the Deutsche
Staatsoper Berlin. She also was principal soloist for five years with
the National Theatre Mannheim. Her repertoire includes 33 major roles,
and she has appeared in forty-two companies in Eastern and Western
Europe as well as in South America.
In the United States, Dr.
Robinson has performed with Michigan Opera Theater, Los Angeles Opera
Theater and the Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Omaha operas and Opera
Ebony. Dr. Robinson has appeared in recitals at Shenandoah University,
Florida A&M University, the University of Iowa and the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C., where she was the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem and Poulenc's Gloria with the Paul Hill Chorale and the Washington Oratorio Society. With Opera Ebony, she sang in the concert version of Fosca by Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes in New York and with the Saskatchewan Symphony in Saskatoon, Canada a concert version of Porgy and Bess.
She has also sung Bess twice at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania with
William Warfield and Raemond Martin and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently, Dr. Robinson performed the role of Aida with Opera
International in Mexico, Hong Kong, Marseille and Lyon, and with