Opera Music Theater International
OMTI Lifetime Achievement Award
Edwards has appeared in major operatic roles throughout North
America and Europe. Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in Lucia Di
Lammermoor with Beverly Sills, Mr. Edwards' numerous performances with
the Met have included the leading baritone roles in Ernani, Don Carlo,
and La Forza el Destino. Among his European appearances are Attila and
Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, I
Puritani at London's Royal Festival Hall, and Caterina Cornaro for
L'Opéra de Nice and French National Radio.
Eminent in the Verdi repertory, Mr. Edwards has received international
acclaim for his vocal and dramatic interpretations of such roles as
Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Iago in Otello, and the title roles in
Nabucco and Macbeth. He has received critics' accolades for such diverse
repertoire as Pique Dame at the San Francisco Opera with Rostropovich
conducting, Thais with the Greater Miami Opera, and the British premiere
of Bloch's Macbeth at London's Royal Festival Hall.
As a concert artist, Mr. Edwards has been featured soloist with the New
York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Edwards has bee heard on radio
broadcasts of over twenty operatic productions, including Tosca, Aida,
and Otello, as well as such concert works as Carmina Burana, Brahms
Requiem, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8.
His performances have been carried internationally by the BBC, ORTF-Paris,
Voice of Europe Radio Network, CBC, and the Texaco Metropolitan Opera
Broadcasts. On television, he has been seen in CBC's award-winning
production of Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans, NET's Brahms Requiem
conducted by Andre Previn, and the PBS documentary The Vocal Lion. Mr.
Edwards' extensive media credits also include the film of I Pagliacci
directed by Henry Butler, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording of
Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and the world premiere recording of Caterina
Cornaro with Montserrat Caballe and Giacomo Aragall.
As a teacher, lecturer, and author, Mr. Edwards gives master classes
throughout the United States and Europe and is a frequent judge for the
Metropolitan Opera Auditions and other national competitions. He is
currently Vice President of the National Opera Association, as well as
Artistic Consultant and Master Teacher for the International Opera
Academy in Roam and the Marquee Theatre Company. He has written numerous
articles on opera and drama and is the author of The Verdi Baritone:
Studies in the Development of Dramatic Character (Indiana University
Press), A.K.A. Doc: The Oral History of a New Orleans Street Musician
(Cadence Jazz Books), and Verdi and Puccini Heroines: Dramatic
Characterization in Great Soprano Roles (Scarecrow Press).
Ryan Edwards has received the Opera Music Theater International Lifetime
Achievement Award for his illustrious career in the history of opera,
and his commitment to a new generation of OMTI Emerging Artists, through
the OMTI Master Class Series at the National Museum of Women in the
Arts, and as adjudicator of OMTI International Vocal Competitions.
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