Bass-Baritone Richard Hobson has performed throughout Europe and the United States with various symphonies and companies that include the Dallas Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Company. His roles have included Escamillo in Carmen, Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca, Enrico I Lucia di Lammermoor, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. His awards include the Sullivan Foundation Career Grant, Metropolitan Guild National Council Auditions, Caruso Competition, Pavarotti Competition Dallas Opera Guild Career Grant, and the American Traditions Competition. He became an Concert Artist in 1998. Mr. Hobson earned a bachelor's degree from Hamline University, a master's degree from The University of Michigan and has completed the course work for a doctorate in vocal performance at North Texas State University. Mr. Hobson has taught applied voice, class voice, opera voice, opera choir, and German, French, Italian, Latin, and English diction for singers on the university level for the past sixteen years. He has taught at The Peabody Preparatory School, Morgan State University, The University of Central Arkansas, Ann Arundel Community College, and Westminster Choir College.