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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Singer Interview: Ryan Bede (022)

For the video released today, we get to know Ryan Bede, my partner for the Winter's Journey concert on Sunday! (2 p.m. on January 29th at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, see this concert announcement, or this facebook event)

Ryan has a website you can check out here: http://www.ryanbede.com/ and a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Ryan-Bede-Baritone-396597297067891/.

Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, baritone Ryan Christopher Bede makes his Seattle Opera solo debut in May 2017 as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, followed by Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Fiorello in The Barber Of Seville in the 2017-18 season. He recently sang Papageno in The Magic Flute with Opera Idaho and performed his fifth Schaunard in La Boheme with Coeur d'Alene Opera in partnership with the Spokane Symphony. He also returned to Tacoma Opera as Tiger Brown in The Threeepenny Opera, after having sung Papageno, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and the Pirate King in The Pirates Of Penzance in recent seasons. He also performed in Spectrum Dance Theater's acclaimed production of Carmina Burana as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Early Music Vancouver/Pacific Musicworks, conducted by Stephen Stubbs. He sang the role of the Land Speculator in the premiere of Sarah Mattox's opera Heart Mountain with Vespertine Opera and reprised the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with the newly-formed Bellevue City Opera. He has been a frequent soloist with Orchestra Seattle in such masterpieces as Fauré's Requiem, Duruflé's Requiem, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia On Christmas Carols. He sang Rutter's Mass Of The Children with the Everett Chorale and Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and in the summer of 2017 he will sing his first Mozart Requiem in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria.

Other recent performances have included a concert of French
opera selections for the Seattle/Nantes Sister City Organization, Samuel Barber's Dover Beach with the Seattle-based Bella Sala Ensemble, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Skagit Opera, and Albert in Werther with Vashon Opera. He spent a summer as an Emerging Artist with Opera New Jersey and has also sung Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Ben in Menotti's The Telephone and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia in recent seasons. Favorite concert engagements have included Handel's Messiah (Our Lady Of Fatima Parish and Federal Way Symphony) and Israel In Egypt, Bach's Magnificat, and numerous cantata performances.

He is a former Young Artist with Tacoma Opera and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and was a two-time recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild Singers Training Fund Grant. He completed his studies at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington, and now frequently performs as a lecturer and preview artist for the Seattle Opera Guild. He presently serves as the baritone soloist and section leader at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and teaches voice at the University Of Puget Sound and Tacoma Community College, as well as maintaining a private studio in the Tacoma area.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Concert Annoucement and coming videos!

So there's no article today and no video, but there are a few announcements!

First up, a concert! THE concert that got this whole thing going is almost upon us.

Official Press Release:

On Sunday January 29th at 2pm, SDG will host an afternoon of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, “Winterreise”, sung by baritones Ryan Bede and Jonathan Silvia! Cynthia Dean also returns for “A Winter Come” by Northwest composer Morton Lauridsen. This afternoon promises to be one of hauntingly lovely vocal music, sung by some of the newest “breakout artists” in the Seattle area. We look forward to seeing YOU at our first SDG concert for 2017! Freewill offering benefits the Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series and allows us to continue to foster the arts and our local artists in the Eastside/Seattle area.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Memorization Part 2, How Jonathan Memorizes (021)

Welcome back to our series on memorization! In the previous article, we talked about what being "on-book" and "off-book" means, and what the industry standards are for each type of performing. In this article, I'll cover my personal habits on memorization.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Memorization, Part 1: Definitions and Expectations (020)

When talking with audience members after a long opera, one subject that seems to come up time and time again is "How do you memorize all that?" In the next couple articles, we'll try to address exactly that. These are mostly my thoughts as a singer to other singers.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Facebook Photo Album

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Winterreise No. 10 - Rast (019)

In No. 8, Rückblick we were in a dead run. In No. 9, Irrlicht, we were delusional from the exertion. Here in No. 10, Rast, we finally realize that we are weary.

It seems that the little flames were not ghosts, but just a spark from the charcoal-burner's house. As it comes into view, the Wanderer decides now would be a good time to rest, and thus we get the title of the piece, "Rast."

Friday, January 6, 2017

Witnerreise, No. 9 - Irrlicht (018)

Ready for a good ol' fashioned ghost story? No, I'm not confused about which holiday it is. We're talking about Irrlicht, number nine in the Winterreise cycle.

Up to this point in the Winterreise saga, we've looked at the town and all its features - the river, the trees, the houses, snow in the street, and so on.