Ray Chenez

Countertenor

"Ray Chenez's countertenor is bold and assertive, but also warm-toned and luxurious. He has a naturally electric presence, and his diction is precise no matter how high he sings." - Opera News

 


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opening the 18-19 season at Oper Frankfurt

April 24, 2018

Ray Chenez will open the 2018-19 season at Oper Frankfurt in Three Sisters by Péter Eötvös. Ray will sing the role of the youngest sister "Irina" in this exciting new production!

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Cessa Roma Superba from Porpora's "Mitridate" LIVE from Rokokotheater Schloss Schwetzingen. December 2017

Ray chenez triumphs in farinelli's role

December 29, 2017

"As Sifare, countertenor Ray Chenez attacked his challenging part with muscular energy. His steely sound never faltered as he tossed off terrifying quantities of coloratura. His second- and third-act arias, which featured bizarre, frilly ornaments repeated ad nauseum, followed by spectacular coloratura finishes, were particular triumphs."
-Bachtrack

"Il faudra aussi renoncer à se laisser décoiffer par un organe surpuissant pour apprécier l’aplomb de Ray Chenez, la fraîcheur, la flexibilité et l’endurance de l’instrument (étourdissant « Cessa Roma superba e altera »), du reste bien projeté, et la présence, l’irrésistible ardeur de l’acteur. Il faut du cran mais aussi de la lucidité, sinon de la sagesse pour affronter pareil emploi sans fléchir ni forcer ses moyens pour épater la galerie."
-Forum Opera

"Ray Chenez stattet Mitridates Sohn Sifare mit sauberen Höhen und virilem Klang aus. Mit großer Bravour meistert er die zahlreichen Verzierungen in seinen beiden großen Arien im zweiten Akt, wenn er sich von Semandra verraten glaubt, und im dritten Akt, wenn er erneut in den Kampf gegen die Römer zieht."
-Online Musik Magazin


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©Julien Benhamou

taking on Farinelli

November 3, 2017

Ray Chenez has stepped in at the last minute to begin rehearsals for  Porpora's Mitridate with Theater Heidelberg. He will take on the highly demanding and virtuosic role of "Sifare," written for the famous castrato Farinelli. Performance dates at Rokokotheater Schwetzingen to be announced soon.

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©Marielle Solan

Ray Chenez jumps in as Nerone

November 3, 2017

"Ray Chenez et Suzanne Jerosme : Néron et Poppée enfin réunis!" - Forumopera.com

Ray Chenez jumped in as Nerone in "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" on October 22 & 29, 2017 at Theater Aachen, joining with soprano Suzanne Jerosme as Poppea. The result was astonishing.

 


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Orfeo 
now ON DVD/Bluray

September 27, 2017

Luigi Rossi's Orfeo  is now available on DVD/Bluray from Harmonia Mundi. Ray Chenez is featured as both Nutrice and Amore in this magnificent production.

Raphael Pichon, conductor
Jetske Mijnssen, director
Ensemble Pygmalion
Opéra national de Lorraine

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Interview with Ray Chenez in Stagione Magazine

September 1, 2017

"Zwei Frauen für einen Prinz"

Stagione Magazine interviews Ray Chenez about his upcoming role Teseo in Porpora's Arianna in Nasso, a new production produced by Theater an der Wien in the Wiener Kammeroper. The premiere is on September 27, 2017, with additional Performances on September 29, October 1, 3, 5, 7, & 10.

Download the full publication here.

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Nerone Debut AT THEATER BIELEFELD

June 12, 2017

"Von der New York Times als Luxusbesetzung bezeichnet war gast-countertenor Ray Chenez eine ebensolche als Kaiser Nero: Genussvoll jünglingshaft und launisch gab er sich als "durchgeknallter" und selbstverliebter Imperator. Raumgreifend wohlklingend ist sein barocker countertenor, der liebe saüselnd und Macht heischend den rechten Ton traf."
-Die Glocke

"Zwar singt der Sopranist Ray Chenez den Nero. Er gehört aber offenbar zu den jungen Künstlern der Alten Musik, die die Werke nicht mehr als aus einer fernen Zeit stammend begreifen, sondern als Ereignisse im Jetzt. Will sagen: Chenez interpretierte nicht die Sopranpartie, sondern den unmoralischen Lustehrgeiz des Nerone."
-Neue Westfälische

"Ray Chenez gab den Nero und bestach stimmlich wie schauspielerisch."
-Westfalen Blatt


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©Julien Benhamou

ray impresses in london debut

September 23, 2016.

"Chenez whipped out an unceasing cascade of rounded high notes." as Olinto in Hasse's Demetrio at Cadogan Hall.
-Bachtrack


live on bbc radiO!

September 16, 2016

Ray Chenez performs 2 arias from Hasse's Demetrio and speaks with host Suzy Klein live on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune."
- Listen


Ifigenia in Aulide in Würzburg

July 24, 2016

"Chenez boldly defies the gods with clearly focused coloratura and numerous changes of register." as Achille in Cherubini's Ifigenia in Aulide.
- Online Musik Magazin


opera news rising star

October, 2015

Ray Chenez is featured as one of 25 rising stars of opera in this month's issue of Opera News!

"Ray Chenez's countertenor is bold and assertive, but also warm-toned and luxurious. He has a naturally electric presence, and his diction is precise no matter how high he sings."
-Brian Kellow, Opera News

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