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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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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