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Raymond Very

Soloist, Tenor
Raymond Very was born in Pittsburgh, USA. As a lyric singer he debuted on the Pittsburgh Opera in 1991 and then joined the Houston Grand Opera Studio where he studied under Dr. Shirley Barasch. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera New York, as well as at opera houses in other American cities, including: San Francisco, Houston, Omaha, San Diego, Seattle, Santa Fe, Washington, Portland and Pittsburgh. He has also sung at the Salzburg Festival and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Wiener Staatsoper, Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Bilbao Opera in Spain, etc. He sings a very wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to composers of the 20th and 21st century. He has excelled in operas such as Les contes d'Hoffmann, The rake's progress, La damnation de Faust, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Manon, La bohème, La traviata, Rigoletto, The magic flute [Die Zauberflöte], Arabella. Very appears in concerts worldwide with many leading symphony orchestras. His recorded works include Tiefland (Oehms Classics), Robert Moran’s The Dracula diary (Catalyst Records) and Bright Sheng’s The Song of Majnun (Delos International). He worked with the GNO in the 2013/14 season, performing the role of Otello at the Odeon Heron Atticus.