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Ivan Conrad is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over 75 roles performed across a dozen European cities in Italy, Germany and Greece, and in more than 30 of the United States, highlights of Conrad’s career include the title-roles Der Fliegende Holländer and Gianni Schicchi both Figaro and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Amonasro in Aïda, Escamillo and Zuniga in Carmen, Marcello, Schaunard, and Colline in La bohème, Monterone, Marullo and Ceprano in Rigoletto; and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Conrad is currently preparing Scarpia in Tosca, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
So far this season, Conrad performed Figaro in Greve in Chianti, in Tuscany; returned to Long Island Opera Company to perform Schaunard, then to Opera at the Madison on Long Island to cover Marcello; as well as Amonasro in Aïda and Sprecher and 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Last season Conrad was seen as Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut and Rhode Island; performed Zuniga and covered Escamillo with Opera at the Madison on Long Island; performed Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof with Klezmer Company Orchestra in Miami; performed Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Joey in The Most Happy Fella at Quisisana in Maine; and was invited to perform operatic scenes at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
In previous years, Conrad made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as the baritone soloist in Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories; was the baritone soloist in Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Ars Musica in New Jersey; performed major roles in 3 operas and 6 concerts in Syros, Greece with the Festival of the Aegean and Greek Opera Studio; and was a Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera and Natchez Festival of Music performing Frank in Show Boat, covering Escamillo in Carmen and Rolando in La Battaglia di Legnano. He also performed a concert of opera scenes at the National Opera Center in New York with Opera Breve.
Other previous engagements include the ensemble of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the New York Philharmonic; the soloist for Messiah and Beethoven Mass in C with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and as a guest artist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. An Albuquerque native based in Manhattan, Conrad earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New Mexico, then a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where performed Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoore and the bass of the opera box quartet in The Ghosts of Versailles.