DR. RODNEY MILLER
The Concerts-on-the-Platte series at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will feature Dr. Rodney Miller, vocalist, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Dr. Miller, a bass-baritone, is dean of the UNK College of Fine Arts and Humanities. A veteran of the operatic, dramatic and musical stage, Dr. Miller’s career has taken him throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The Monday night concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature selections by Maurice Ravel, Alban Berg and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. He will be accompanied on the piano by Ewa Skardowska of the F. Chopin National Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland,
His repertoire of nearly 50 roles includes Mephistopheles, Figaro, Don Pasquale and Emil deBeque. He has appeared on national broadcasts both in the United States and in Europe, and has recorded for labels on both continents. Opera Magazine called him “a bass-baritone giant” for his performance of Chillingworth in Walter Kaufmann’s The Scarlet Letter, and his interpretation of Don Basilio at Chautauqua Opera was hailed as “magnificent” by New York reviewers.
Further, he has performed with numerous opera companies in the United States and Europe, including houses such as Regensburg, Graz and Wiesbaden. Recent concerts have included the American premier of Opus 41 by the Turkish composer Anton Saygun at Merkin Hall, recitals of American 20th century art songs in Beijing and the first performance of Hello Dolly in Romania.
Before coming to UNK, Dean Miller was on the faculties of Illinois State University and New York University, where he served as Director of Voice.