Ivan Conrad is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over 75 roles performed across a dozen European cities in Italy, Germany and Greece, and in more than 30 of the United States, highlights of Conrad’s career include the title-roles DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, and GIANNI SCHICCHI; both Figaro and Il Conte LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; Scarpia TOSCA, Amonasro AÏDA; Escamillo, Dancaïro, and Zuniga CARMEN; Marcello, Schaunard, and Colline LA BOHÈME, Monterone, Marullo and Ceprano RIGOLETTO; and Silvio I PAGLIACCI. Conrad is currently preparing Germont and Barone LA TRAVIATA and di Cosimo IL POSTINO.
Last season, Conrad performed the title-role LE NOZZE DI FIGARO in Greve in Chianti, in Tuscany; returned to Long Island Opera Company to perform Schaunard LA BOHÈME; returned to Opera at the Madison on Long Island to cover Marcello LA BOHÈME; and performed Amonasro AÏDA and Sprecher and 2nd Priest DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Connecticut Lyric Opera.
During the 2016-2017 season, Conrad was seen as the title-role GIANNI SCHICCHI with Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut and Rhode Island; returned to Opera at the Madison on Long Island to perform Zuniga CARMEN and cover Escamillo; performed Perchik FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Klezmer Company Orchestra in Miami; performed Peter HÄNSEL UND GRETEL and Joey THE MOST HAPPY FELLA at Quisisana in Maine; and was invited to perform operatic scenes at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
During the 2015-2016 season, Conrad made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as the baritone soloist in Robert S. Cohen’s ALZHEIMER’S STORIES; was the baritone soloist in Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Ars Musica in New Jersey; performed major roles in 3 operas and 6 concerts in Syros, Greece with the Festival of the Aegean and Greek Opera Studio; and was a Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera and Natchez Festival of Music performing Frank SHOW BOAT, covering Escamillo in CARMEN and Rolando LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNANO. He also performed a concert of opera scenes at the National Opera Center in New York with Opera Breve.
The 2014-2015 season’s engagements included the title-role LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Manhattan Opera Studio; Marchese LA TRAVIATA with Opera at the Madison; Marullo RIGOLETTO with MidAtlantic Opera in New Jersey, the soloist for Handel Messiah, Brahms Requiem and Mozart Requiem with New York Choral Society; and a guest artist at The Juilliard School covering Bartolo LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
During the 2013-2014 season, Conrad was a Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera singing Le Soldat in JÉRUSALEM; and a Resident Artist at Connecticut Lyric Opera singing Il Bonzo MADAMA BUTTERFLY, covering the title role of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER in both companies.
The 2012-2013 season, Conrad performed with 7 opera companies: a Studio Artist at Chautauqua Opera covering Swallow PETER GRIMES; a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera Theatre in Manhattan singing Simone GIANNI SCHICCHI, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA, and the Father BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Natchez Festival of Music performing the First Gangster KISS ME KATE and Osmin BILLY GOATS GRUFF; Empire Opera in Manhattan as the Undesirable in the world premiere of RUMPELSTILTSKIN; New York Lyric Opera as Zuniga CARMEN; Opera Moderne in Manhattan covering Der Tod DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS; and with Emerald City Opera in Colorado covering Figaro and singing Bartolo LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
In 2011, the Festival Internazionale della Cultura in Bergamo, Italy invited Conrad back to sing Battista and Vincenzo LA BISBETICA DOMATA (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW) after singing the bass solo of the Mozart Requiem the previous year alongside singers and musicians from Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Other previous engagements include the ensemble of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the New York Philharmonic; the soloist for Messiah and Beethoven Mass in C with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Ceprano RIGOLETTO with Long Island Opera Company, Zuniga CARMEN with Opera Southwest (Albuquerque), and as a guest artist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
An Albuquerque native based in Manhattan, Conrad earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New Mexico where he performed Colline LA BOHÉME, Prince Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN, and Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE; then a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music performing Raimondo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and the bass of the opera box quartet in THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES.