RAY TO REPLACE VALER SABADUS IN Wiesbaden and Versailles
Ray Chenez will make his European debut in the role of Marzia in the premiere performance of Leonardo Vinci's Catone in Utica at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany on May 30, 2015 and the Opéra Royal de Versailles on June 16, 19, & 21, 2015.
Catone in Utica will be performed by an all-male cast for the first time since Vinci's own era. The castrato parts are all played by countertenors, including the celebrated singers Franco Fagioli and Max Emanuel Cencic. They are accompanied by one of today's most interesting early music ensembles, Il Pomo d'Oro, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.
Ray wins Grant from
the gerda lissner foundation
2015 international vocal competition
New York Times calls Ray Chenez "luxury casting"
"In a touch of luxury casting, countertenor Ray Chenez sang radiantly."
- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times
RAVE REVIEWS FOR RAY'S CANADIAN DEBUT AS CHERUBINO WITH PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA
"What Chenez does in a mezzo’s register is technically amazing and often affecting. His Cherubino is at once hilarious and sympathetic (Thursday’s audience plainly adored him)."
- Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist
"The opera’s casting was pitch perfect for Ray Chenez’s Cherubino, whose stunning countertenor and lanky gesticulations easily passed for the lusty teenager he’s written as. Typically a role for a mezzo-soprano in drag, the choice to cast a man as Cherubino in this production played brilliantly into some of the best physical humour of the piece."
- Melanie Tromp Hoover, CVV Magazine
"Countertenor Ray Chenez captured the audience's heart."
- Monica Prendergast, CBC Radio
2014 GEORGE LONDON AWARD WINNER
Ray was awarded the top prize of $10,000 from the George London Foundation Awards Competition - one of the oldest and most prestigious vocal competitions in North America.
Past winners include Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Catherine Malfitano, James Morris, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Neil Shicoff, and Dawn Upshaw.