Faculty Profile

Ryan Belongie

NMS Voice Faculty

Ryan Belongie is recognized on operatic and concert stages for his “oft-astounding vocalism” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and artistry that paints “many an exquisite shade.” (Opera News)  He has recently made his debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Mago Cristiano in Rinaldo, the Canadian Opera Company as Athamas in Semele and sung the role of Katte for the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre workshop of The Sorrows of Frederick.  He made his European debut as Didymus in Theodora with Opera Bergen in Norway.   

On the concert stage he has recently made his debuts with the Alabama Symphony and the Seattle Symphony in Messiah, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Bach’s Cantata 170 Vergnugte Ruh, Utah Festival Opera in the St. Matthew Passion and the American Festival Chorus in the B minor Mass. 

Previous career highlights include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Wolf Trap Opera, Arsamene in Xerxes with Berkeley West Edge Opera, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Berkeley West Edge Opera and joining the rosters of San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Concert highlights include appearances with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Il Complesso Barocco, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University and Alonzo King LINES ballet in Lyon, France.  He has been heard on Chicago’s classical music station WFMT in numerous performances including a recital on the network’s series, “Live from WFMT,” and has appeared on PBS across the United States in A Renaissance Christmas. He has sung under the batons of conductors Christopher Bell, Harry Bicket, Alan Curtis, Jane Glover, Steven Osgood, Gary Thor Wedow and Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

In addition to being a two-time regional winner and national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, (2009, 2010) awards and honors include First Place Winner of the 2012 Igor Gorin Memorial Award, a 2012 career grant from the Metropolitan Opera, a 2010 Shouse Career Grant, a 2009 and 2010 Richard F. Gold career grant from the Shoshana Foundation, and winner of the 2009 Lola Fletcher Award from the American Opera Society of Chicago.  Mr. Belongie is a graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera and a graduate with honors from the Vocal Honors Program and Music Theatre Certificate Program at Northwestern University. 

A passionate teacher and pedagogue, Ryan Belongie has taught beginners through professionals, and has worked with graduate students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Valparaiso University in Indiana.