Dr. Ray Gibbs (Online Only)
D. Mus. , M. M., B. A.
RAY GIBBS received his first degree in Voice Performance at San Diego State University and then earned a Master of Music in Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Rapidly climbing the ladder of success early in his life, he made his debut with the New York City Opera Company before he was out of graduate school. He joined the Metropolitan Opera as the youngest baritone on the roster of that company, then three years later made a triumphal debut as a tenor in the role of Romeo (Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette). He has been heard in a number of leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including the role of Rinuccio in a new production of Gianni Schicchi opposite Renata Scotto, Pelleas in Pelleas et Melisande with Teresa Stratas and Jerome Hines, Nicias in Thais with Beverly Sills, and a nationally televised production of the Met’s Otello with Jon Vickers and Renata Scotto in which he sang Cassio, a role he repeated with TeKanawa and Domingo. Mr. Gibbs has also been heard as der Mahler in the Met’s premiere production of Lulu and as the Chevelier in the new production of Dialogue of the Carmelites with Regine Crespin and Jerome Hines.
Other notable engagements for Mr. Gibbs have been leading tenor roles in La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, MacBeth, Tosca, Carmen, and The Magic Flute with such U. S. regional companies as Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Memphis, Milwaukee, San Diego, Houston, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Cincinnati, and New Orleans.