Countertenor Ryan Belongie’s recent and upcoming performances include his debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Mago in Rinaldo and the Canadian Opera Company as Athamas in Semele, Messiah with the Lexington Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Alabama and San Diego symphony orchestras, and the St. John Passion with the American Festival Chorus. Other performances include Lychas in Hercules with the Canadian Opera Company, Armindo in Partenope with the San Francisco Opera, Katte for the Metropolitan Opera’s workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick, and Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Berkeley West Edge Opera. A former member of the Music of the Baroque Chorus and frequent soloist, he last appeared with the ensemble in September 2010.
Concert appearances include Carmina Burana with the St. Louis Symphony; Messiah with the Alabama, Kansas City, and Seattle symphony orchestras; St. Matthew Passion with Utah Festival Opera and the Grand Rapids Symphony; the Mass in B Minor with the American Festival Chorus and Bach Institute at Valparaiso University; and Chichester Psalms with the Grant Park Orchestra.
Highlights from previous seasons include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Wolf Trap Opera, Didymus in Theodora with Opera Bergen (Norway), and Arsamene in Xerxes with both San Francisco Opera (cover) and Berkeley West Edge Opera.
Ryan Belongie is a graduate of the Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. He was a two-time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the first place winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, and the recipient of a career grant from the Metropolitan Opera, a Shouse Career Grant, two Richard F. Gold Career Grants from the Shoshana Foundation, and the Lola Fletcher Award from the American Opera Society of Chicago.