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Babatunde Akinboboye

Opera singer|

HIP HOPERA ARTIST

 

EP coming soon…

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THE PRODUCTION OF THE OPERA WAS AMAZING AND THE TALENT OF ITS CAST WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH... BABATUNDE AKINBOBOYE HAS AN AMAZING STAGE PRESENCE AS GUGLIELMO. HIS COMIC TIMING IS IMPECCABLE AND HE BRINGS HUMOR TO HIS CHARACTER AS HE BRINGS IT TO LIFE.
— PAM FROMAN, VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE

BIOGRAPHY

A singer of diverse talents, Nigerian American Baritone, Babatunde Akinboboye 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 Utah Opera. 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 Lucha’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.

In December of 2018, Babatunde combined his love of classical opera and hip hop and created the new genre Hip Hopera in a viral video that gained over 10 million views and was featured on Time.com, Classic FM, MSN.com and more. His debut EP “Della Citta” will be coming out in May 2019.

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 HIP HOPERA

Combining classical opera & hip hop, Babatunde created the genre we never knew we needed - Hip hopera.

check out the video below that started it all, going viral, with over 10 million views worldwide.

What opera sounds like in my head...

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PRESS

Hero Masterfully Creates His Own Hip-Hopera While Driving

Hero Masterfully Creates His Own Hip-Hopera While Driving

The Radical Splendor of the L.A. Phil

The Radical Splendor of the L.A. Phil

Operatic baritone perfectly mixed Rossini’s ‘Figaro’ aria with Kendrick Lamar

Operatic baritone perfectly mixed Rossini’s ‘Figaro’ aria with Kendrick Lamar

Have You Seen This? When hip hop meets opera

Have You Seen This? When hip hop meets opera

BABATUNDE AKINBOBOYE, AS ESCAMILLO, SWEPT US ALL AWAY WITH HIS ROUSING AND RICHLY SATISFYING TOREADORO, GIVING US EXCELLENT INTONATION AND PHRASING WITH A RICH, DARK TONE QUALITY AND A WARM LYRICAL SOUND.
— LAURI D. GOLDENHERSH, SINGERPRENEUR

RESUME

 
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BABATUNDE AKINBOBOYE PROVED, ONCE AGAIN, THAT HE IS ONE OF THE FINEST BARITONES IN THE AREA, A PLEASURE TO SEE AND HEAR.
— LAURI D. GOLDENHERSH, SINGERPRENEUR

MEDIA

 
 

Babatunde Akinboboye singing "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. 

SO excited to share my latest Hip Hopera video! This is Estuans Interius from Carmina Burana. Let me know what you think!

Babatunde Akinboboye singing "Done Made My Vow To de Lord" arr. Uzee Brown at the Songs of the People of God concert at Red hill Lutheran Church.

Singing Votre Toast from Carmen, by Georges Bizet... kinda…

Babatunde Akinboboye singing Votre Toast in Pacific Opera Project's production of Carmen in 2014

What opera sounds like in my head...

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CONTACT

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For bookings and auditions, please contact 

ENCOMPASS ARTS, LLC

119 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023

Headshot and Banner image by J. Demetrie Photography