Baritone Jeffrey Ray, an alumnus of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, has performed in halls throughout the United States and Europe. Highlights have included numerous performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Berlin’s Deutsche Oper. He has been heard frequently in the roles of Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Boheme, Valentin in Faust, Lescaut in Manon, and the father in Hansel und Gretel.
Mr. Ray has performed Handel’s Messiah at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. He has sung with the Berlin Rundfunks Orchester, the Munich Bach Festival, and has been featured at the Ravinia Festival where he is also an alum of the Steans Institute.
He enjoys the opportunity to perform with Chicago area orchestras, over the years having sung Broadway classics, operatic hits, and oratorio favorites with the Symphonies of Park Ridge, University of Chicago, Joliet, and Elgin. He has been heard live from on WFMT, and has received accolades for his recital performance at Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. As well as being in constant demand as recitalist and clinician, Mr.Ray can often be heard singing the national anthem for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs.