Donnie Ray Albert is a regular guest of opera companies and orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera as Germont, Los Angeles Opera as Trinity Moses in Mahagonny, Simone in A Florentine Tragedy, and as the Father in Hansel and Gretel, plus numerous appearances with Opera Pacific, Houston Grand Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Dallas Opera, Arizona; Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera,Utah Opera, f New Orleans, Baltimore, Columbus, Kansas City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and, in Canada, with the companies in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Manitoba, and Vancouver.
In Europe, he has appeared at the Cologne Opera singing all Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci and Frank in Die Tote Stadt, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Four Villains, the Royal Opera Wallonie in Liege for Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, the National Theater in Prague as Jack Rance and the Four Villains, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Lithuanian National Opera in the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, Iago in Otello, Giorgio in I Puritan and Amonasto in Riga, Latvia, the title role in Ernst Bloch's Macbeth for the Vienna “Klangbogen” Festival., Four Villains, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, and Germont for the Semper Oper Dresden, the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff for the Danish National Opera, Amonasro in Paris, and as the Doctor in Vanessa at the Glyndebourne Festival. In Japan, he has appeared with the New National Theater in Tokyo as Wotan and the Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen, and in Brazil as Jochanaan in Salome in Sao Paolo.
As a concert artist, Mr. Albert has sung with the orchestras of Washington DC (National), Cologne, Southwest Florida, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Paul, Los Angeles, Austin, Palm Beach, Greensboro, Grant Park Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Madison, Vienna and Linz, Austria, Jerusalem, Gibraltar Philharmonic, Säarlandische Rundfunk Orchestra as soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Grand Teton Festival, and the Cincinnati Symphony for performances in Carnegie Hall and Cincinnati of Dett’s TheOrdering of Moses plus numerous appearances at their May Festival. He has also appeared in with the American Symphony Orchestra as the Kommandant in Friedenstag and the title role in Krenek’s Der Diktator and in d’Indy’s Fervaal. He is s resident artist with the Center for Black Music Research at Chicago’s Columbia College
Recent North American engagements include: Alberich in Twilight, the Gods for Michigan Opera, Capulet in Romeo ed Juliette for Houston Grand Opera as Rigoletto for Vancouver Opera, Austin, and Phoenix, Alfio for the Orlando Opera, Iago for the Kentucky Opera, Il Giuramento for the Washington Concert Opera, Das lied von der Erde with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Elijah with the Southwest Florida Master Chorale, concerts with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Kentucky Opera as Germont, Madison Opera for La Traviata, Washington Concert Opera for Adriana Lecouvreur, and Edmonton Opera as Amonasro.
Donnie Ray Albert was born in Louisiana. A member of the faculty of the University of Texas in Austin, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree at Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Albert may be heard on RCA’s Grammy Award and Grand Prix du Disque winning recording of Porgy and Bess, NOW’s recording of The Horse I Ride Has Wings with David Garvey on piano, EMI’s Frühlingsbegräbnis and Eine Florentinesche Tragodie by Zemlinsky conducted by James Conlon, and Simon Sargon’s A Clear Midnight on the Gasparo label.