FOOTBALL TO OPERA

Robinson grew up in Atlanta, the son of a Baptist minister and a mother who spent a lot of time making sure her children played musical instruments and did well in school. His earliest memory of singing was being "in the kiddie choir," standing on a chair in church and singing the hymn "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus." He got a lot of applause. "Then I realized I wanted to play the drums, which is a lot more exciting than singing. So I ended up being the church drummer."

TIMES TALK: The Opera

Join acclaimed opera soprano Anna Netrebko, who stars this fall as Verdi heroine Leonora in “Il Trovatore,” award–winning director Bartlett Sher, whose “Otello” will open the new season, and The...