School of Music Vocal Faculty in University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
A winner in the 1st Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition as well as the Philadelphia and Princeton Metropolitan Opera auditions, tenor Paul Spencer Adkins enjoys a career in the United States and abroad.He has performed with a number of opera companies which include: the Greater Miami Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Delaware, Orlando Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Virginia Opera, Cleveland Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera Columbus, Sacramento Opera, and the touring company of Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston. Mr. Adkins’ New York operatic debut took place at Alice Tully Hall in the title role of Vigil Thompson’s, Lord Byron. He returned to New York for performances as Garibaldi in the Philip Glass‐Robert Wilson opera, The Civil Wars, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. World premieres comprise: Menotti’s, The Hero; Anthony, Davis’, X; and Leslie Adams’opera, Blake.
Favorite operatic roles performed: Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rudolfo in La Boheme, MacDuff in Macbeth, Alfredo in LaTraviata, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia Di Lammermoor, the title role in Faust, Des Grieux in Manon, Mario in Tosca, and the role of Hoffman in The Tales Of Hoffman. Mr. Adkins’ European operatic debut was with the Netherlands Opera Forum as Nadir in The Pearl Fishers.
Symphonic engagements comprise: the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem, Silvio Varviso, conductor; the Milwaukee Symphony, Lukas Fosse, conductor; the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra; the Richmond Symphony, George Manahann, conductor; Mexico's National Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah, William Smith, conductor; and the Hilton Head Symphony among others. Performances abroad include: the Flanders Opera Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem, in Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium; the RAI Orchestra in Milano, Italy; the Swedish Radio Orchestra; the Bournemouth and Portsmouth Symphony Orchestras of Great Britain, Roger Norrington, conductor; and the National Symphony Orchestra of Algeria, Africa, 50th Anniversary Celebration.Television credits: Creator, co‐producer, and featured solo artist in the international PBS broadcast of The Musical Legacy of Roland Hayes. Paul has been a frequent guest soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Hour Of Power from the Crystal Cathedral in California. His appearance in A Star For Kitty, a children's opera, on Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood is rebroadcast annually.
Paul Spencer Adkins was also the first vocal director for Peter Nero and The Philly Pops® Voices of the Pops, a resident ensemble. Adkins toured nationally as soloist with the famed Norman Luboff Choir. He performed as a guest soloist, honoring jazz legend Lionel Hampton, for the Israeli Consulate, New York City.
Paul Adkins is a principal artist of Creative Leaps International at www.creativeleaps.org and vice- president of it’s parent company, Associated Solo Artists, Inc. Paul is the featured tenor in the New Bel Canto Trio at www.newbelcantotrio.org.
Mr. Adkins is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Adkins’ thriving Wynnewood Vocal Studio is proud of alumni who are performing on the stages of Broadway, National Broadway Tours and the Metropolitan Opera.