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Ryan Hugh Ross - SPM001

Baritone Ryan Hugh Ross holds degrees from Southwest Minnesota State University, California State University-Long Beach, and Wales International Academy of Voice where he studied with world renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE. He currently studies with baritone John Rawnsley. Ryan is undertaking his doctoral studies in Musicology/Exile Studies at the University of Southampton and is supported by the ORT Marks Fellowship.
Recent roles include: The Detective in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Captain Buyanov in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Monk in Verdi’s Don Carlo for Grange Park Opera; Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Opera Loki; Eugene Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for the Rhosygilwen Festival;   the Knife Grinder in Bart’s OLIVER! alongside Simon Keenlyside as Fagin; Avram the Bookseller alongside Bryn Terfel as Tevye in Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof including a reprisal for the 2015 BBC Proms;  Scottish Soldier in Michael Puts' Silent Night for the International Wexford Opera Festival; Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème for the International Barga Bel Canto Festival in Barga, Italy.
Concert appearances  include Bass soloist in Salieri’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa Cellensis with Collegium Musicum in Marbella, Spain; Baritone soloist performing Copland’s Old American Songs with Southwest Minnesota Orchestra; Soloist for Welsh National Opera in Russian Music in the Museum Concert; Fauré Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Aberystwyth Choral Society; Mozart Requiem with Minehead Choral Society;  and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ryan's interest in history, combined with his passion for new music, led to the launching of a 5 part concert/lecture series entitled Rediscovered Beauty: Suppressed Composers on works of the generation of musicians, artists, and composers who were suppressed by the 3rd Reich. The success of this festival led Ryan to create the Rediscovered Beauty Organisation for Suppressed Composers. Other work in this field includes the US premiere of Two Songs for Baritone and Orchestra by suppressed Viennese composer Julius Bürger (whose works he champions) in Marshall, Minnesota as part of the Voices of Exile Festival at Southwest Minnesota State University. Ryan was guest performer for the inauguration of the Exil.Arte Centre for Suppressed Composers in Vienna, Austria, where he performed Burger’s Goodbye, Vienna.                                                        




A Journey in Exile: The Lieder of Julius Burger - SPM001Julius Burger was a gifted Viennese musician, conductor, repetiteur, and composer poised to make his mark on early 20th Century music, that is, until the rise of antisemitism and the Nazi party forever altered his life and took him on a journey in exile, across continents and cultures, and would come to reflect the very themes of Romanticism which he cherished. Burger’s varied career took him from Berlin Radio and the Kroll Opera house to the burgeoning BBC and later working with Columbia Records as well as a long tenure at the Metropolitan Opera where he coached some of the greatest voices of the 20th Century. But it wouldn’t be until he was in his 90s that he would finally fulfil a lifelong dream of hearing his own compositions performed.

This album represents the first ever recordings of Julius Burger’s lieder, spanning from 1915 to his final piece in 1988. These lieder show a master of his craft and a legacy from a world which was thought to have been lost. A life in exile is a heavy burden to bear and, where many lose their artistic purpose, Burger persevered. According to those who knew him, Julius Burger considered his works to be his children, having no offspring of his own. It is our hope that with this album, his children will finally step off the faded manuscript pages and into the world.    
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