Graduation to Include Opera Alumnus

Truman’s December graduation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in Pershing Arena, with alumnus Dominic Armstrong providing the commencement address.

Since his graduation from Truman in 2002, Armstrong has established himself internationally as an artist of superb and distinguished musicality and characterization.

Armstrong has taken the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. His body of work includes performances in “The Turn of the Screw,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Carmen,” “The Beggar’s Opera,” “La Bohème,” “Ghosts of Versailles” and Mozart’s “Requiem.” Among the ensembles he has performed with are the New York Opera Society, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Center for Contemporary Opera and the Chicago Opera Theatre.

During the current season, Armstrong performed the role of Macduff in Verdi’s “Macbeth” with the Syracuse Opera. On the concert stage, he appeared with the Florida Orchestra for Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time.” Later this season he will appear with the Kaohsiung Symphony for a New Year’s concert and the Portland Symphony for Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells,” along with a national tour of Puccini’s “Tosca” in France.

Armstrong’s numerous prizes and awards include Truman’s own Gold Medal Aria Competition, as well as being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera and a 2013 George London Foundation winner.

In addition to his Truman degree, Armstrong has master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.

Family and friends unable to attend the event in person can view it online here.

Details on commencement can be found online here or through the Facebook event. Those wishing to share their experiences through social media are encouraged to use #TrumanGraduation, #TrumanGrad or #BulldogForever.

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