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Colenton Morgan Freeman

Colenton Morgan Freeman, American tenor. Study grantee Sullivan Foundation, 1985, Astral Foundation, 1986, Italian Institute Culture, 1996, Centro Studi Italiani, 1996; recipient Career award Metropolitan Opera Los Angeles, 1982, National Opera Institute, Washington, 1983, Merit certified Mayor' General’ s Office, City of Atlanta, 1993, Colenton Freeman Appreciation Day named in honor, City of Atlanta, 1993.

Background

  • Freeman, Colenton Morgan was born on December 17, 1955 in Atlanta. Son of John Henry Morgan and Mattie (Freeman) Barner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1978. Master of Music, Oberlin College, 1979. Doctoral student, Indiana University, since 1979.

    Career

    • Assistant instructor Indiana University, Bloomington, 1979-1981. Vocal coach Northside School Arts, Atlanta, 1982-1983. Performed recitals, conducted vocal master classes Louisiana Technology University, University Southwestern Louisiana, 1996.

      Speaker in field.

    Works

    • Performances include San Francisco Opera, 1980-1981, Hamburg (Germany) State Opera, 1981-1982, Wolf Trap Festival Opera, Vienna, Virginia, 1983-1984, Mexico City Opera, 1984-1985, Santa Fe Opera, 1985-1986, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, England, 1986-1987, State Theatre Giessen, Germany, 1987-1989, Opera North, Leeds, England, 1989-1990, Theatre des Westens, Berlin, 1990, 93, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, 1990, Kreistheater, Annaberg, 1990-1991, Welsh National Opera, Wales, United Kingdom, since 1991, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, since 1992, Hannover (Germany) State Opera, 1992, British Broadcasting Corporation-television, London, 1992, Coburg Opera, 1993, Radio Symphony Belgian, Belgium, 1994, Stadttheatre Trier, 1994, Oper Bonn, Germany, 1994, Augsburg Opera, 1994, Puerto Rico Symphony, 1996, Winterthur Musikkollegium, 1996, Stockton Symphony, 1996, Giessen Symphony, Germany, 1997, Dortmund Opera, Germany, 1997, Freiburg Castle, Germany, 1997. Roles include Ernani (Verdi), 1994, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West (Puccini), 1994, Faust, 1994, Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd Webber), 1995, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, 1997, Fierrabras in Fierrabras (Schubert), 1997, Bayreuth Opera Festival (Germany), Bregenz Opera Festival (Austria), Echternach Music Festival (Luxemburg), Usedom Music Festival (Germany), 1998. Video appearances include Porgy and Bess, The Vampyr, Verdi's Opera Aida.

    Politics

    Candidates for political office should endorse the Judeo-Christian beliefs, convictions, and values upon which society should rest.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Hell is a real place existing outside of God—an eternal separation between soul and God. Hell was created originally for Satan and his devils as a place of incredible torment.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    The purpose of every individual is to develop a dynamic, intricate, and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Membership

    Chartered member Statue Liberty Foundation, New York City, since 1984. Active Museum National History, New York City, 1985. Adjudicator for tournament plays for United States Military Community, Federal Republic Germany, Italy, 1991.

    Member American Guild Musical Artists.

    Personality

    Interests

    Tennis, reading, walking.

    Connections

    • father: John Henry Morgan Barner
    • mother: Mattie (Freeman) Barner
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    Born December 17, 1955
    (age 61)
    Nationality
    • 1978
      Oberlin College
    • 1979
      Oberlin College