Reuben L. Lillie

Archive of Baritone Repertoire

This page highlights some of my stage and concert work from 2007 to 2019 when I performed as a baritone.

In those early years, I explored roles as low as Sarastro (my first complete role) and Leporello from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni and as high as Malatesta from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Figaro from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

I was humbled to share six summers in some of the finest apprentice programs in the United States: Sugar Creek Opera (2007–’10), the Santa Fe Opera (2013), and Des Moines Metro Opera (2014, ’16).

In competition, I had the honor of winning the Chicago Chapter NATS in 2013 and being named a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 and 2016.

I also had the joy of presenting the Chicago premiere of the orchestrated version of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel in 2012 at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall.

For non-vocal health reasons, I took a hiatus from singing in the summer and fall of 2017 to undergo multiple surgeries. As is often the case, I hadn’t realized how poorly I felt until after healing. When I did return to singing, I also found practically everything easier than ever—high, low, loud, soft, resonance, coloratura, intonation—you name it. Over the following two years, I began seriously considering changes in my repertoire.

This archive represents my introduction to opera and the wide range of vocal experiments my teachers and coaches encouraged me to pursue before I finally transitioned to tenor in 2020.

Former Baritone Stage Repertoire #

Here’s a sample of opera and musical theater roles I performed, covered, or studied as a baritone.

Arranged alphabetically by composer

Mark Adamo

  • Little Women (John Brooke)

Vincenzo Bellini

  • I puritani (Sir Riccardo Forth)

Leonard Bernstein

  • Candide (Pangloss, Voltaire, Governor, Maximilian, Martin, Frigate Captain)

Georges Bizet

  • Carmen (Le Dancaïre, Escamillo, Morales)
  • Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga)

Benjamin Britten

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom, Demetrius)
  • Albert Herring (Sid)

Aaron Copeland

  • The Tender Land (Top, Mr. Jenks)

John Corigliano

  • The Ghosts of Versailles (Beaumarchais, Figaro)

Claude Debussy

  • Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas)

Gaetano Donizetti

  • Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
  • L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)
  • La fille du régiment (Sulpice)
  • Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Enrico Ashton)

Philip Glass

  • Galileo Galilei (Salviati)

Charles Gounod

  • Faust (Valentin)
  • Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio)

Daron Aric Hagen

  • Amelia (Paul)

Franz Léhar

  • The Merry Widow (Danilo, Kromov, Zeta)

    Frederick Loewe

    • My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins, Freddy Eynsford-Hill)

    Pietro Mascagni

    • Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio)
    • Le maschere (Tartaglia)

    Jules Massenet

    • Hérodiade (Hérode)
    • Manon (Lescaut, Monsieur de Brétigny)
    • Thaïs (Athanaël)

    Alan Menken

    • Beauty and the Beast (Beast, Gaston)

    Gian Carlo Menotti

    • The Old Maid and the Thief (Ben)
    • The Telephone (Ben)

    Darius Mihaud

    • L’Enlèvement d’Europe (Pergamon)
    • L’abandon d’Ariane (Dionysos)
    • La Délivrance de Thésée (Hippolyte, Théramene)

    Douglas Moore

    • The Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace Tabor)

    Theo Morrison

    • Oscar (Jury Foreman)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    • Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
    • Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro, Papageno)
    • Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, Leporello)
    • Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva, Figaro)

    Giacomo Puccini

    • Edgar (Frank)
    • Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi)
    • La bohème (Marcello, Schaunard)
    • Madama Butterlfy (Sharpless)
    • Il tabarro (Michele)
    • Tosca (Scarpia)

    Henry Purcell

    • Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)

    Richard Rodgers

    • Oklahoma! (Andrew Carnes, Curly McLain)

    Gioachino Rossini

    • Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
    • La cenerentola (Dandini)
    • L comte Ory (Raimbaud)
    • L’italiana in Algeri (Taddeo)

    Claude-Michel Schönberg

    • Les Misérables (Inspector Javert)

    Stephen Sondheim

    • A Little Night Music (Fredrik Egerman)
    • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker)

    Johann Strauss II

    • Die Fledermaus (Gabriel von Eisenstein, Falke, Frank)

    Richard Strauss

    • Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin)

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    • Iolanta (Robert)
    • Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)

    Ambroise Thomas

    • Hamlet (Hamlet)

    Giuseppi Verdi

    • Ernani (Don Carlo)
    • Falstaff (Falstaff, Ford)
    • La traviata (Barone Duphol, Giorgio Germont)
    • Rigoletto (Rigoletto)

    Richard Wagner

    • Tannhäuser (Wolfram)

    Frank Wildhorn

    • Jekyll and Hyde (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde)

    Meredith Willson

    • The Music Man (Prof. Harold Hill)

Former Baritone Concert Repertoire #

Here’s a sample of songs, cycles, cantatas, oratorios, and other works for solo voice I performed as a baritone.

Arranged alphabetically by composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Magnificat, BWV 243a
  • Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Samuel Barber

  • Four Songs, Op. 13
  • Three Songs, Op. 10

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
  • “Der Kuss”, Op. 128
  • “Die Liebe”, Op. 52
  • “Zärtliche Liebe” (or “Ich liebe dich”), WoO 123

Hector Berlioz

  • L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Les nuits d’été, Op. 7

Antonio Caldara

  • “Sebben, crudele”

Giacomo Carissimi

  • “Vittoria, mio core!”

Ernest Chausson

  • “Le Charme”, Op. 2

Edwin T. Childs

  • A Charles Wesley Trilogy

Antonín Dvořák

  • “Já jsem ten rytíř z pohádkyi”, Op. 3, no. 3

Petr Eben

  • “Za gorum, za vodum” from Písně z Těšínska

Gabriel Fauré

  • Requiem, Op. 48

Carlisle Floyd

  • Pilgrimage

Niels Gade

  • Tre Digte af Hans Christian Andersen

Tommaso Giordani

  • “Caro mio ben”

Pavel Haas

  • Čtyři písně na slova čínské poezi

George Fredric Handel

  • Cuopre tal volta il cielo , HWV 98
  • Messiah, HWV 56

Joseph Haydn

  • Die Jahreszeiten, Hob. XXI:3
  • Die Schöpfung, Hob. XXI:2

Moses Hogan

  • “Deep River”
  • “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Yo’ Door”
  • “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”

Arthur Honegger

    Frederick Keel

    • Four Salt-Water Ballads
    • Three Salt-Water Ballads

    Ruggero Leoncavallo

    • “Mattinata”

    Gustav Mahler

    • Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

    Felix Mendelssohn

    • Elijah, Op. 70, MWV A 25

    Émile Paladilhe

    • “Psyché”

    Francis Poulenc

    • Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, FP 58

    Roger Quilter

    • Five Shakespeare Songs
    • “Love’s Philosophy”

    Giaochino Rossini

    • “Musique Anodine” from Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. XIII, Nos. II and VI
    • Petite messe solennelle

    Jakub Jan Ryba

    • Česká mše vánoční, HWV 98

    John Charles Sacco

    • “Brother Will, Brother John”

    Franz Schubert

    • “Der Erlkönig”, Op. 1, D 328
    • “Die Fischer”, Op. 5, No. 3, D 225
    • “Die Forelle”, Op. 32, D 550
    • “Morgenlied”, Op. 4, No. 2, D 685
    • “Ständchen”, D 889
    • “Ständchen”, D 957
    • “Der Wanderer”, Op. 4, No. 1, D 489
    • “Wandrers Nachtlied”, Op. 4, No. 3, D 224
    • “Der Zwerg”, Op. 22, No. 1, D 771

    Robert Schumann

    • Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    • Myrthen, Op. 25
    • Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36

    Christian Sinding

    • Jeg bærer den Hat, som jeg vil

    Louis Spohr

    • Sechs deutsche Lieder für eine Singstimme, Klarinette und Klavier, Op. 103

    Wilhelm Stenhammar

    • Visor och stämnigar, Op. 26

    Giuseppi Torelli

    • “Tu lo sai”

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    • Five Mystical Songs
    • Songs of Travel
    • “Silent Noon” from The House of Life

    William Walton

    • Balshazzar’s Feast

    Peter Warlock

    • “Walking in the Woods”

    Ovid Young

    • “I Lay My Sins on Jesus”