Ray Chenez

Ray Chenez, Countertenor

Pacific Opera Victoria
Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro

April / May, 2014

Ray Chenez makes his Canadian opera debut as Cherubino in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2014 production of The Marriage of Figaro.

Winner of the prestigious 2014 George London Award, Ray Chenez is quickly being recognized as a rising young countertenor.

Recent operatic highlights include Orphée in Gluckís Orphée et Eurydice as a studio artist with Opera Santa Barbara, Arsamene in Handelís Serse and Oberon in Benjamin Brittenís A Midsummer Nightís Dream with Florida State Opera, and Purcellís Dioclesian at the Amherst Early Music Festival.

In the 2013-14 season, Chenez appeared as a soloist with Chicagoís Music of the Baroque under internationally acclaimed tenor and conductor Paul Agnew. Concert highlights include performances of Leonard Bernsteinís Chichester Psalms and Missa Brevis with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Sursum Corda and the Fredonia Symphony Orchestra, Brittenís Canticle II and Canticle IV, Bach cantatas 62, 133, and 153 with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Handelís Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, and the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610.

A winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, Chenez has claimed numerous operatic prizes including the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. A native of New York State, Chenez holds degrees in vocal performance from SUNY Fredonia and Florida State University. He currently resides in Chicago.


Above: Ray Chenez sings Arsamene's aria "Amor tiranno" from Handel's Serse with Florida State Opera

April, 2014