Robyn Marie Lamp, a powerful Florida-based soprano, wasn’t quiet for too long during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Virtual, outdoor, and socially distanced concerts, street stages, live streams — even a “porch concert” in her neighborhood — are among the ways she lifted her voice, and spirits, remaining connected with her craft and audiences.
She had been looking forward to a role debut as Tosca, a debut with Palm Beach Symphony, and multiple Verdi Messa da Requiem’s, one in Carnegie Hall, in 2020-21. But with venues shuttered, she and many other artists reinvented their performances for mainly online and outdoor audiences.
Her 2021-22 season will include singing the title role in Tosca for Gulfshore Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with the Palm Beach Symphony and Master Chorale of South Florida, and concerts in North Florida with Amelia Island Opera, a company she recently co-founded.
The 2019-20 season sent her to Boston, where she appeared as Clotilde and covered the title role in Bellini’s Norma with Boston Lyric Opera as an Emerging Artist. Another highlight was appearing as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra at the Broward Center. She returned to Gulfshore Opera to sing an all-Puccini concert and portrayed the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Opera Fusion, a South Florida company.
She made her Carnegie Hall debut in her 2018-19 season, singing the soprano solo in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Mid-America Productions. That season she also sang three Verdi Messa da Requiem’s, one with only hours’ notice, as she filled in for an ailing soprano with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Of her Verdi, one reviewer wrote, “Robyn Lamp has a radiant soprano voice which she handles with great expertise and ease. She plucked bell-like high As, Bs, and Cs out of some celestial sphere, always interpreting the text with deep-felt emotion; her interpretation of the line “I am made to tremble and fear” was truly affecting.” More kudos: She won an Encouragement Award in the prestigious Rising Stars Vocal Competition at Vero Beach Opera and has been a two-time Regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In summer 2017, she sang the role of Adele, and covered Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Meade’s Imogene, in Bellini’s rarely heard Il pirata at Caramoor’s Music Festival. “I was especially impressed by every phrase sung by Robyn Marie Lamp as Imogene’s confidante,” a reviewer wrote. “I’d love to hear how she’d surge through a bel canto cavatina. Keep your ears peeled.”
She has appeared as a Sarasota Opera Young Artist, covering Nedda in Pagliacci and performing scenes as Elettra (Mozart’s Idomeneo) and Elvira (Verdi’s Ernani). In addition to her affinity for Bel Canto roles, Ms. Lamp is an accomplished Mozartian, counting among her roles Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), First Lady (The Magic Flute), the soprano soloist in Vesperae solennes de confessore, and early in her training, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Her repertoire also includes Mimì, Lucrezia Borgia, Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), and the title role in Anna Bolena.
Her work is critically acclaimed for bringing an “immense warmth and an ability to spin long lines of melody” to the concert stage. Her appearances have included Messiah, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s St. Nicolai and Lord Nelson Masses; Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.