Keith Miller: Biography
A graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, bass-baritone Keith Miller joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2006. He made his Met debut on opening night of Peter Gelb's first season as The Imperial Commissioner in Anthony Minghella's HD production of Madama Butterfly.
Since then, he has sung in nearly 200 performances for the company. These include the Opening Night Galas of Madama Butterfly and Tosca, as well as HD performances of Tosca, Il Trittico, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth, Turandot, Carmen, Armida, and Salome. In addition, he has performed the King in Aida, Monterone in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen, Ashby in La Fancuilla Del West, Jago in Ernani as well as various other roles in War and Peace, Manon Lescaut, Faust, Andrea Chénier, Gianni Schicchi and Die Zauberflöte. He also performed with the Met in the Parks in the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series and was featured on the company's Grammy-nominated recording of Madama Butterfly.
Other opera engagements include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Florida Grand Opera, Monterone in Rigoletto, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and Ramfis in Aida at the Portland Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Colline in La Bohème at the Crested Butte Music Festival; Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Colline in La Bohème with the Poughkeepsie Opera company.
In 2011 the singer debuts at Washington National Opera (the Bonze in Madama Butterfly) and Seattle Opera (Sarastro in Die Zauberflote), and returns to the Met for opening night in Anna Bolena.
Miller's concert appearances include the bass solo in Rossini's Stabat Mater and Handel's Messiah with the New Choral Society, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Bucks County Choral Society and the Fanshawe Chorus in London, Ontario, CA, and Mozart's Vesperae de Dominica and Requiem with the Blackburn Chorus and Symphony in Ottawa, Ontario, CA. In 2009, he partook in a weeklong residency with the Savannah Children's Choir that culminated in a recital and performance with the choir and returns for a second residency and recital in 2011.
The singer also serves as the Crested Butte Music Festival's Director for Opera and its Opera Young Artist Program. Miller founded Puissance Training, a progressive new way of looking at opera today that focuses as much on the physical conditioning of singers as the vocal.
Additionally, he acts as a mentor at ArtsLEAF, a mentoring network for the arts.
Miller was appointed Treasurer of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) in June 2011. Previously, he served on AGMA's Board of Governors for two years as well as its board of treasurers. The prestigious appointment entails Miller overseeing all checks, deposits, monies.
A native of Ovid, CO, Miller was a starting fullback at the University of Colorado, playing in both the Fiesta and Cotton Bowls. In 1996, he carried the Olympic torch for the Atlanta Games along a portion of the old Pony Express trail in his home state. Miller played professional football for five years with the European and Arena Football Leagues.