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’s notable recent performances include his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot under the baton of Leon Botstein, the title roles of Rigoletto, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, and Mozart’s Figaro, and premiere performances of new American operas Prince of Players by Carlisle Floyd (NY premiere) and A Thousand Splendid Suns by composer Shiela Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini (World premiere).
A versatile singing-actor, Ron was the subject of a 2012 feature article by The Sondheim Review that concluded “Ron Loyd has built a career on ‘and’ and not ‘or’” after examining his commitment to compelling performances in both opera and musical theatre. With over 60 roles to his credit, Ron’s operatic appearances include Germont (La Traviata), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Tonio (Pagliacci), Ford (Falstaff), Marcello (La Bohème), and Leporello (Don Giovanni) while the roles of Sweeney Todd, Emile de Becque (South Pacific), Pseudolus (Forum), and Max von Mayerling (Sunset Boulevard) have highlighted Ron’s prowess in American musical theatre.
In concert, favorite solo performances include Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs with Helena Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Pensacola Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, and his alma mater, West Texas A&M Symphony and Chorale, and baritone soloist with The Collegiate Chorale and The American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Bagwell in Handel’s Israel in Egypt (featuring Brian Asawa, Sari Gruber, and Rufus Müller). Also in NYC, Mr. Loyd has joined The Dessoff Choirs for An Exploration of 19th to 20th Century American Works, The Choral Society and Orchestra for Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild for a concert of excerpts from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory for a private MET patron audience.
This season, Ron performs with First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Florida, for a concert of Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies, continues his collaboration with American Opera Projects as Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns, returns to Baltimore Concert Opera as the demon barber, Sweeney Todd, and debuts with St. Petersburg Opera in Florida as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata.