Biography

Heroic, honeyed. Radiant, Robust. Virile, warm, rich, crisp, and always in full command of a voice described as a handsome, supple instrument.

Such are the adjectives and accolades from critics around the world for Raymond Very, one of the brightest American tenors gracing the globe's premiere opera stages today.

Very emerged from his Pennsylvania roots, quickly skyrocketing to his status today as a highly skilled, stylized, and sought-after star. In the U.S., he has performed major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Portland Opera, Washington Summer Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera.

Very remains in high demand internationally, as well, having bowed in recurring roles at the Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Salzburg Festival, Wiener Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Stuttgart, and Bilbao Opera in Spain.

He has entertained and amazed audiences with his range - both of vocal prowess and acting abilities - as the title characters in Tales of Hoffmann, The Rake’s Progress, The Student Prince, and Damnation of Faust. Very has been every bit as impressive in other leading roles, including Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Don Juan in Schulhoff's Flammen, Don Jose in Carmen, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Des Grieux in Manon, Rodolpho in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Matteo in Arabella, Boris in Katya Kabanova,Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alwa in Lulu, Andres in Wozzeck, Cassio in Otello,and Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac.

Rounding out his repertoire, Very has appeared in concert with many leading symphony orchestras in the U.S. and worldwide including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival, Amsterdam VARA Radio Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

He can be heard on recordings of Tiefland (Oehms Classics) conducted by Bertrand de Billy, Harvey Milk (Teldac Records) conducted by Donald Runnicles, Resurrection (Albany Records) conducted by Patrick Summers, Dracula Diaries (Catalyst Records) and Song of Majnun (Delos International) conducted by Ward Holmquist.

Mr. Very enjoys living in his native Pittsburgh with his wife, soprano Laura Knoop Very and their children, Isabella, and Benjamin, and his eldest daughter, Kaitlin.

Raymond Very personifies the finest talent among today's operatic tenors. He can be contacted through his agent, Manuela Kursidem at www.opern-agentur.com or kursidem@opern-agentur.com. Also by phone in Germany at  49-89-29-16-16-61 .