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Baritone Jeff Ray is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. He has performed in operatic and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. Highlights from his career have included numerous performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Berlin's Deutche Oper. He has been heard frequently in the roles of Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Marcello in La Boheme, Valentin in Faust, Lescaut in Manon, and the father in Hansel und Gretel.
Mr. Ray has performed Handel's Messiah at New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. He has sung with the Berlin Rundfunks Orchester, the Munich Bach Festival, and has been featured at the Ravinia Festival where he is also an alum of the Stearns Institute.
Jeff enjoys having the opportunity to perform with Chicago area orchestras. Over the years he has been heard singing Broadway classics, Operatic hits and oratorio favorites with the Park Ridge Symphony, The University of Chicago Symphony, DuPage Symphony, DuPage Opera, Joliet Symphony and the Elgin Symphony, as well as various funeral services, and wedding ceremonies.
Jeff Ray is in constant demand as a recitalist and clinician. He has been heard live from the Levin Studio on WFMT, and received accolades for his recital performance at Atlanta's Spivey Hall.
Mr. Ray can often be heard singing the National Anthem for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and the Chicago Cubs.