Baritone Gregory Emanuel Rahming, a native of Miami, Florida, attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He began his career in the Florida Grand Opera‘s Young Artist Program, culminating with the singing of the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni with the International and National casts. The following summer Gregory was awarded an Apprenticeship with the Chautauqua Opera. Mr. Rahming has been the winner of numerous competitions, including the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition, Opera Index Competition, Young Patronesses Award of Miami, and National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, as well as being a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition.
Mr. Rahming has sung many leading performances on stages throughout the world in opera, concert and recital, including Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello and Schaunard (La Boheme), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Iago (Otello), Figaro and Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflote), Belcore (L‘Elisir D‘Amore), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Porgy and Jake (Porgy and Bess) and Prince Ottokar (Der Frieishutz) at Carnegie Hall. Appearances in Musical Theatre were as Joe (Showboat), Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady), The Workman (On The Town) and Don Attillio/Monsieur Firmin (The Phantom of the Opera) on Broadway as well as with The Music Box Tour.
Concert appearances have included the Festival of the Performing Arts at F.I.U. (Porgy and Bess); the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Bach and Scearse); the Queen Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society of Greenwich Connecticut (Messiah); as well as a New Year‘s Eve Pops Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony. In addition, Gregory has performed numerous recitals throughout the United States.
The baritone‘s portrayal of Esteban Montejo in El Cimarron by Hans Werner Henze received international acclaim for the Munich Biennale, Schleswig–Holstein Musik Festival, Real Acadamia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando–Spain, The Royal Ontario Museum Theatre–Toronto, Banff Center for Performing Arts, Thamyris Contemporary Ensemble–Atlanta, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany. In 2014, he performed the role of Frere Laurent in the Kentucky Opera‘s production of “Romeo et Juliette.”
Noted as “an outstanding performer with a great gift for communication and teaching“, Gregory has participated and enjoys continued involvement with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the New York City Opera Education Department, and the New York Festival of Song, as well as in his own Educational One Man–Opera Revue entitled “Welcome to Opera” for the Houston Grand Opera Education Department, Arts For Anyone, Connecticut Alliance for Music, Young Audiences of Connecticut, The Kentucky Center for the Arts and Louisville Central Community Center.
Mr. Rahming has served as Vocal Instructor at Sacred Heart School for the Arts, and Kentucky Country Day, along teaching private studio voice lessons. He is the Co–Founder and Artistic Director of The Mari–Ella Academy of Vocal Arts (MEAVA) and serves as Music Director for the singing group 2ND CHANCE.
Roles with Loon
King Balthazzar in
Amahl and the Night Visitors