FAMIS congratulates vocal instructor and bass-baritone Ivan Griffin, who just released a debut solo album, Finding My Way Back to Me. A stylistically versatile collection of original songs, the album also features music by Valerian E. Smith.
This new release is just the latest in a long list of accomplishments Griffin brings to Loyola, particularly in opera and theatre. He has been featured in engagements for the Michigan Opera Theatre, Buffalo Lyric Opera, Fayetteville Summer Opera, Western New York Opera Theater, OperaCreole. Ivan has also premiered several works written specifically for his own voice, including Songs of Winter, a cycle for baritone and piano, The Little Thieves of Bethlehem (Centaur Records), and Requiem for the Innocent, an oratorio by Spanish composer Jorge Muñiz, which Griffin premiered with the South Bend Symphony. A versatile artist, Ivan has been praised for his diction and superb sense of theater. He has been featured in such productions as Guys and Dolls at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Sophisticated Ladies at Detroit’s Music Hall. He has shared the stage with the late legendary stage and screen personalities Roscoe Lee Brown and Ossie Davis. He has appeared with New Orleans Opera Association in Madame Butterfly (Imperial Commissioner), Der Vampyr (Toms Blunt), La Boheme (Benoit), and Carmen (Lt. Zuniga).