Robert Longo AARON BALL
Baritone Robert Longo has combined his operatic training with his love of Broadway on the Musical Theatre stage for over 20 years. In addition to touring across North America as Javert in Les Miserables, Bob has played the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for Mirvish Productions and sang Anatoly in Chess, In Concert. He played Smudge and Frankie in Forever Plaid and made his Broadway debut in Shenandoah. Other favourite performances include Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, Lancelot in Camelot, and a host of roles in workshops in New York and Toronto. Bob is dedicated to the development of new works. A frequent leading artist with Toronto Operetta Theatre, he created the title role in the Premier of Victor Davies and Eugene Benson’s Canadian Operetta, Earnest, the Importance of Being. A regular performer at the Westben Arts Festival, he premiered the roles of Matt in Rapunzel and Norman Biggs (the Giant) in The Selfish Giant, both by Brian Finlay and Ken Tizzard. For the Guelph Spring Festival he sang in the premier of Glen Buhr’s Comic Opera, FLUX. Bob made his film debut as The Singing Wiseman in Comfort and Joy and was featured on Bravo Television`s Broadway Melodies Series singing the songs of Kurt Weill. Recently he was featured on COPPER for BBC America. While living in New York he taught at CAP21, the Musical Theatre Conservatory at New York University. In Toronto Bob has served as the Vocal Area Coordinator for the Randolph Academy for the Arts where he continues to teach Voice classes. He also teaches Vocal Music and Physical Education for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.