Ryan Belongie

black & white headshotAmerican countertenor Ryan Belongie has rapidly garnered critical acclaim for his “oft-astounding vocalism,” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “a remarkably warm, evenly produced voice whose supple phrasing included many an exquisite shade,” (Opera News) and musicianship that “brought wonderfully stylish singing.” (Chicago Tribune)
Ryan Belongie recently made his debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Mago RINALDO and Canadian Opera Company as Athamas SEMELE.  He returned to Canadian Opera Company last season to cover Lychas HERCULES and to San Francisco Opera to cover Armindo PARTENOPE.  This season’s engagements include Purcell’s FAIRY QUEEN with Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera, and Ottone AGRIPPINA with West Edge Opera. Recent and upcoming concert engagements include Messiah with Lexington Philharmonicthe International Music Foundation of Chicago sing-a-long MessiahQuickening with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Carmina Burana with Alabama Symphony and San Diego Symphony, A Midwest tour of St. John Passion with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, and a return to Music of the Baroque for Dettingen Te Deum.

Past engagements include Carmina Burana with St. Louis Symphony, Messiah with Alabama Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, St. Matthew Passion with Utah Festival Opera and Grand Rapids Symphony, B minor Mass with the American Festival Chorus at Utah State University and Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Chichester Psalms and Bach Cantata – 170 Vergnügte Ruh with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park, Ottone L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at Berkeley West Edge Opera and Katte for the Metropolitan Opera’s workshop of THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK by Scott Wheeler.

Previous highlights include Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Wolf Trap Opera, Didymus THEODORA with Opera Bergen, Norway, Arsamene XERXES with both San Francisco Opera (cover) and with Alan Curtis at Berkeley West Edge Opera, Lychas (cover) HERCULES with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gesualdo’s Responsoria with Il Complesso Barocco in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Bernstein’s Missa Brevis with the Grant Park Music Festival, soloist with Alonzo King’s LINES ballet in Lyon, France, Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Spirit DIDO AND AENEAS, and Secresie THE FAIRY QUEEN with Jane Glover and Music of the Baroque. Mr. Belongie has been heard on Chicago’s classical music station WFMT in numerous performances with Music of the Baroque, performed a solo recital on the network’s series, “Live from WFMT,” and has appeared on PBS across the United States in A Renaissance Christmas.

Mr. Belongie is a graduate of the prestigious Merola Opera Program (2009) and Adler Fellowship (2010, 2011) at San Francisco Opera. In addition to being a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Central Region and national semi-finalist (2009, 2010), he was the first place winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award (2012), the recipient of a career grant from the Metropolitan Opera (2013), a Shouse Career Grant (2010), two Richard F. Gold Career Grants (2009, 2010) from the Shoshana Foundation, and the Lola Fletcher Award from the American Opera Society of Chicago (2009).  Mr. Belongie is a graduate of the Vocal Honors Program at Northwestern University.


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Robert Gilder
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