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Recognized by The New York Times as a “robust baritone” and “agile comedian” and by The Sondheim Review for his “opulent baritone and nuanced phrasing,” baritone RON LOYD has been praised for thoughtful portrayals and versatility on operatic, concert, and musical theatre stages across the United States.
Notable performances of recent seasons include his Carnegie Hall debut as KUNZ GILGENSTOCK in Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein, a house debut with Winter Opera St. Louis as FORD in Verdi’s Falstaff, a return to Mobile Opera as TONIO in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, his seventh role with Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest as LEPORELLO in Don Giovanni, bass soloist for Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerald Steichen, and encore performances of Sondheim’s demon barber in LOOK Musical Theatre’s remounted production of SWEENEY TODD, which garnered the distinction of Tulsa’s “Best Night of Theatre” in 2007 and once again in 2014 from The Tulsa World.
Also in 2014, Ron made several symphonic debuts as guest soloist with the Missouri Symphony in their Hot Summer Nights Music Festival under the baton of Kirk Trevor, the Victor Herbert Foundation in NYC as FATHER PERALTA for a concert reading of Victor Herbert’s rarely heard grand opera Natoma under the baton of Gerald Steichen, and the Helena Symphony under the baton of Allan R. Scott for Aaron Copland’s OLD AMERICAN SONGS and Kile Smith’s PSALM 46.
Often recruited for first readings of new American works with organizations such as Music-Theatre Group (The Wing Wherewith) and Ardea Arts (BOUNCE), 2016 began with a feature on Opera America’s 2016 New Opera Showcase as RASHEED in A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new opera by American composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos based on Khaled Hosseini’s New York Times best selling novel. Produced by American Opera Projects and led by American composer Sara Jobin, the new work is on track for stage premieres in 2017.
2016 continues with Ron celebrating the music of Carlisle Floyd in the little OPERA theatre of NY’s pop up concert FLOYDIANA as part of the New York Opera Festival. He also joins Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Opera Delaware for STARRY NIGHT OPERA, a concert of operatic favorites at The Freeman Stage in Delaware, returns to Missouri Symphony for Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY, makes a title role debut of Verdi’s MACBETH with New Hampshire’s Raylynmor Opera, and debuts with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra as baritone soloist in Michael Tippett’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME. In 2017, Ron looks forward to a return to the Helena Symphony in Montana as MARCELLO in Puccini’s La Bohème.
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