Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Raymond Ayers in sexy Carmen and opera based on Bjork movie

Dagmar Hesse as Selma Ježková and Raymond Ayers as Bill Houston
Remarkably, we haven't featured American barihunk Raymond Ayers on our site. The singer studied at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He's currently a member of the ensemble at the Theater Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, not far Dortmund, Dusselfdorf and Essen.

Perhaps we overlooked Raymond Ayers because our German sources for Barihunks are located in Berlin and Munich. It looks like we need to find some sources in the Western regions of Deutschland.  Over the last four years Ayers has sung a variety of roles with the company, including Germont in La traviata, Jupiter in Orpheus in der Unterwelt, Ottokar in Der Freischutz, Silvio in Pagliacci, La Dandini in La Cenerentola, Chucho in the European premier of Salsi Puedes,  Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte

Jaclyn Bermudez as Micaëla and Raymond Ayers as Moralès
He's currently playing a very sexy Moralès in Bizet's Carmen, with performances remaining on June 28, July 3 and July 10. In the photos, he almost looks like Joseph De Rocher from Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking.

He's also performing  in Paol Ruder's one-act opera, “Selma Jezkova,” based on the 2000 Lars von Trier film musical “Dancer in the Dark,” starring Bjork. The opera premiered in September 2010 at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, directed by Kaspar Holten and had its U.S. premiere in July 2011 at the Rose Theater in New York City.

Tickets for both shows are available online. You can listen to sound clips of Raymond Ayers at his website.

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