Baritone Steven Combs is an established singer of both early and contemporary concert music and has appeared with many area musical organizations including the National Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Bach Consort, The Washington Chorus, the National Philharmonic, Choral Arts Society and the Master Chorale of Washington. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Washington National Cathedral, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Of his many Bach performances Combs has performed the arias and roles in Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions with the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Choral Arts Society, Fairfax Choral Society, The Cantate Singers of Washington, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, the Rockbridge Choral Society of Virginia and the Virginia Consort. At the National Cathedral he performed the role of “Adam” in a National Public Radio broadcast of Haydn's Creation under the baton of Leonard Slatkin and was a featured soloist in the North American premiere of Stale Kleiberg's Requiem. At the Kennedy Center with the Master Chorale of Washington, he was featured in the debut performance and recording of Donald McCullough's highly acclaimed Holocaust Cantata: The Voice of Poland. Combs accompanied the Chorale on a tour of Poland and Germany in performances of that same work and recorded the work on its premiere release. Other appearances at the Kennedy Center have included Mozart's Requiem with the Washington Chorus and acclaimed performances of Orff's Carmina Burana with the Washington Ballet. Other recent concert performances in the Washington area have included Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at American University and Vaughan Williams' Mystical Songs at the University of Maryland 2008 Summer Festival. On the opera stage, Combs made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991 under the baton of James Levine in the world premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. In 1993 Combs sang the title role in Colin Graham's first staging of Britten's Billy Budd at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has performed other principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera, The Minnesota Opera, the Florentine Opera and the Boston Lyric Opera. He recently performed with the Children's Chorus of Washington in The Nightingale by Imant Raminsh. Combs is the recipient of a Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation study grant and a Sullivan Award, and is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Combs was a 2008 winner of the Washington Vocal Arts Society's Discovery Series Competition and was featured in several recitals in the Washington, D.C. area this spring.