"...there was an absolute standout among the cast. Taylor Rawley, playing the secondary character, Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable, gave an exemplary performance. From his beautiful singing in group and solo pieces, to his acting even while out of the spotlight, he stood out among the cast as someone to watch for in productions going forward." - Theatre by the Bay
Tenor Taylor Rawley, 25, is quickly finding success on stages in the Bay Area and around the US. During the summer of 2017, Mr. Rawley joined the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center singing the role of Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Other engagements included Tenor II (Family) in The Seven Deadly Sins, and concert soloist in Weill on Broadway under the baton of Keith Lockhart, featuring world-renowned Weill performer (and fellow Carnegie Mellon graduate) Lisa Vroman.
A lover of new music, Mr. Rawley was recently featured in the world premiere of With the Right Music: Song Cycle by Rosser and Sohne with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and premiered the role of The Angel in Niloufar Talebi/Aleksandra Vrebalov's Abraham in Flames at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
In September of 2016, Mr. Rawley made his professional Bay Area debut as Gonzalve in L'Heure Espagnole with Opera Academy of California/Island City Opera. Other 2016 performances included The Prologue in The Turn of the Screw by Britten, Ferrando in Cosí fan Tutte, Mr. Rushworth in the West Coast premiere of Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove, and Mr. Bungee in William Finn’s A New Brain, all at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In February of 2017 Mr. Rawley made his Lamplighters Theatre debut in the role of Lieut. the Duke of Dunstable in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride to critical acclaim.
While attending Carnegie Mellon University for his undergraduate studies, Mr. Rawley performed the roles of Albert Herring in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, Jemmy Twitcher in The Beggar’s Opera, also by Britten, and The Man in the world premier cast of The Elephants, by Xiao Liang.
An avid musical theatre lover, Mr. Rawley has performed the roles of John Hinckley in Sondheim’s Assassins and Ralph in Reefer Madness with Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, where he served as a board member.
Mr. Rawley currently studies with world-renowned soprano Patricia Craig, and has previously studied with Prof. Thomas Harper, Prof. Daniel Teadt, Dr. Jason Lester, and Mme. Sylvie Sullé at the Conservatoire du XXème, Paris, France.