Arthur Woodley | Meet the Artists

Bass. Emile in Champion.


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Arthur was born in New York City and raised in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He originated the role of Emile Griffith in the premiere of Champion at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to critical acclaim.

Fun fact! Arthur traveled the world as a student of opera. After spending two years at New York City Community College, he moved to Bologna, Italy to study at Giovanni Battista Martini Conservatory. There, he sang in an Italian rock band on the side! After leaving Italy, Arthur returned to New York City to finish his studies at Mannes College of Music.

Arthur’s most notable roles include Porgy in Porgy and Bess, Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Banquo in Macbeth, Rocco in Fidelio, and Dick Hallorann in the world premiere of The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King.

Sit back and listen to Arthur as he sings from La Cenerentola!

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In the role of Champion’s Emile Griffith, Opera News says Woodley “gave a moving performance…he sang with attention to expressive details and completely embodied the role.”

Buy tickets to Champion to see the original Emile onstage.