Babatunde Akinboboye as Jefferson
Babatunde Akinboboye, Nigerian American Baritone, a singer of diverse talents, is known for his enthralling stage presence. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, and Center Stage Opera, and has sung the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Henry Davis in Street Scene, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. Babatunde has also debuted the roles of Drew in the Opera Works’Arts for Social Awareness Project’s world premiere production of The Discord Opera, and Zanni in the world premiere of Gloria Coates’ Stolen Identity. His most recent performances include Daggoo in LA Opera’s Moby Dick, Escamillo in Pacific Opera Project’s production of Carmen, and Luca’s Father in The Industry’s production of Hopscotch.
As an advocate for the performance of art song and operatic works written by African, and African American composers, Mr. Akinboboye has headlined the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry awards in Lagos, Nigeria performing a fusion of opera and traditional African music and has been a featured performer at both the National Association of Negro Musicians Annual Conference, as well as the African American Art Song Alliance Conference.
Babatunde’s honors include Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and finalist in the International Eisteddfod Vocal Solo Competition in Llangollen, Wales.