Baritone Ryne Cherry is an opera, oratorio, and ensemble singer based in Boston, MA. Ryne’s opera roles include Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Mustafa in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Olin Blitch in Susanna, and Mr. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. His recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Carissimi’s Jepthe.
Ryne has premiered numerous new works by acclaimed composers such as Dominick DiOrio’s opera The Little Blue One, Keith Kusterer’s chamber piece Echelon, Nazaykinskaya’s opera The Magic Mirror, and Kallembach’s oratorio The Tryal of Father Christmas.
In the summer of 2017, Ryne enjoyed his second season as a vocal fellow at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home, working and performing with such acclaimed artists as Lucy Shelton, Stephanie Blythe, Sanford Sylvan, and Dawn Upshaw. In the 2017-2018 season, Ryne had performances of Handel’s The Messiah with Boston Baroque and The Handel & Haydn Society, portrayed multiple supporting characters in Weill’s Threepenny Opera with the Boston Lyric Opera, had his role debut as Second Prisoner in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Boston Baroque, and returned to Tanglewood as a guest artist to portray Sam in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place.
Ryne’s eclectic 2018-2019 season strikes a perfect balance between old and new. He starts with a chamber recital for a centennial celebration of George Rochberg: “Rochberg @ 100” at the University of Pennsylvania and with living legend John Harbison at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival featuring works by J.S. Bach and American composer James Primosch. In his NYC debut, he performs as Faraone in the modern premiere of Vincenzo de Grandis’s Il Nascimento di Mose with the Academy of Sacred Drama. Later in the fall, he will make his role debut as Valère in the Boston premiere of Le médecin malgré lui with Odyssey Opera and will perform again in ensemble with Boston Baroque and Handel & Haydn in their annual performances of Handel’s The Messiah. Early 2019 performances include NYC and Boston performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Handel and Haydn, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Symphony Pro Musica, and a role debut as Altari in Richard Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena with Odyssey Opera. Later in the season, Ryne will perform the role of Matt of the Mint in Gay/Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera with Emmanuel Music and will return to Boston Midsummer Opera as Dandini in Rossini’s Cenerentola,