Baritone Ron Ulen began his stage career singing with numerous opera companies throughout the United States before making his European debut at Opernhaus Zurich. He has sung the title roles in Bartok´s "Bluebeard’s Castle", Tschaikowky´s "Eugene Onegin", Zar Peter in Lortzing´s "Zar und Zimmermann" as well as Sharpless in "Madame Butterfly" and Tarquinius in Britten´s "The Rape of Lucretia". Further roles include Germont in "La Traviata", Belcore in "L´Elisir d´Amore", Figaro and Conte Almaviva in "Le Nozze di Figaro", Ford in “Falstaff”, Valentin in "Faust" und Conte di Luna in "Il Trovatore".

Guest appearances in opera und concert have taken Mr. Ulen to the opera stages and concert halls of New York, Vienna, Rome, Miami, Houston, Beijing, Washington, D.C., Hamburg, Chicago, Munich, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Los Angeles, Dallas, and numerous others as soloist in "Brahms Requiem", Orff’s "Carmina Burana", Handel’s "Messiah", Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, to name just a few.

Additional roles include Marcello in "La Boheme", Phillip II in “Don Carlos” and Renato in "Un Ballo in Maschera”, Horace Tabor in “The Ballad of Baby Doe”, Tonio in “I Pagliacci”, Scarpia in “Tosca” and the title role in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”. He has sung the Four Villains in "The Tales of Hoffmann" as well as Miller in "Luisa Miller", Amonasro in “Aida”, Enrico in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Don Carlo in “La Forza del Destino” and the title roles of Verdi’s “Nabucco” and "Falstaff".

Mr. Ulen’s extensive opera, concert, and recital repertoire includes more than 100 operatic roles, including leading roles in 5 world premieres. Presently Professor of Voice and Director of Vocal Studies at Texas State University, he continues to maintain an active performance schedule. His current and former students are represented on the rosters of elite level European and American opera houses, and he has been invited to conduct master classes at Universities, Conservatories, Young Artist Programs and Opera Programs worldwide.

Further, he has been honored with several awards from the National Opera Association for his work in opera as a stage director and is in demand as an adjudicator for voice and opera competitions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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