Ray Chenez


"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


“Broadray!” debuts in south africa!


August 19, 2019

“BroadRAY!” - Ray Chenez’s one-of-a-kind show debuted in South Africa at Galagos Estate on August 18, 2019!

Interview with Ray Chenez on Broadway World

countertenor Ray Chenez

October 15, 2018

Ray Chenez speaks with Martin Ganeider from Broadway World about his upcoming project “BroadRAY!”

Click here for the full interview

“OFF-BroadRAY!” is now available!


October 10, 2018

“OFF-BroadRAY!” is now available on CD and Digital download!!

Click here to order your own autographed copy!

“Tri sestry” opens at oper frankfurt

September 13, 2018

Ray Chenez opened the 18/19 season with a huge success at Oper Frankfurt singing the role of Irina in “Tri Sestry” by Peter Eötvös. Performances on September 9, 12, 14, 20, 23, 30, & October 3.

"Besonders die Schwestern waren dabei auf der Frankfurter Bühne herausragend. Ray Chenez sang Irina in einer elegischen Zartheit, die dem kindlich-naiven Charakter der jüngsten Schwester entspricht."

interview on WKBW Channel 7 News buffalo

September 6, 2018

Ray Chenez interviews with Mike Randall on WKBW Channel 7 News Buffalo about his career and his upcoming project “BroadRAY!”

Growing up in Lockport, Ray Chenez always loved singing. It wasn't until he studied voice in college that he realized that he could hit some really high notes. He discovered his new register during his voice lesson at SUNY Fredonia. Ray says "I kept singing higher and higher" and then his voice teacher told him "you should just be a countertenor".

That moment in college launched Ray Chenez's career as a busy and popular opera singer in Europe. He has played both men and woman on stage and his work has been getting rave reviews and winning awards.

announcing new "BroadRAY!" CD

July 22, 2018

Ray Chenez will record a full-length CD of Broadway music!

CDs, Photos, personal birthday greetings, and other special surprises! To learn more about “BroadRAY!,” and how you can help, click here

Ray chenez triumphs in farinelli's role

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

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."

"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

Ray Chenez jumps in as Nerone

countertenor Ray Chenez

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.


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.

Tickets for Arianna in Nasso


countertenor Ray Chenez

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

ray impresses in london debut

countertenor Ray Chenez ©Julien Benhamou

countertenor Ray Chenez ©Julien Benhamou

September 23, 2016.

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

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."
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Ifigenia in Aulide in Würzburg

countertenor Ray Chenez

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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