Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Office: Nickerson Studios 113
Education: University of Puget Sound, University of Washington
Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, baritone Ryan Bede made his Seattle Opera solo debut in May 2017 as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, followed by Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Jim Crowley in An American Dream and Fiorello in The Barber Of Seville in the 2017-18 season.
He returned as Moralés in Paul Curran's acclaimed production of Carmen in May 2019. In October 2019 he makes his role debut as Belcore in The Elixir Of Love with Tacoma Opera, where he has appeared in numerous roles such as Moralés/Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Tiger Brown in The Threeepenny Opera, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Schaunard in La Boheme and the Pirate King in The Pirates Of Penzance. Other recent roles have included a return to Opera Idaho as Masetto in Don Giovanni after performing Papageno with the company to great acclaim, and performing the roles of Prince Yamadori and the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly with Inland Northwest Opera.
Recent concert engagements have included Handel's Messiah with both the Bremerton Symphony and Federal Way Symphony, Spectrum Dance Theater's acclaimed production of Carmina Burana as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Early Music Vancouver/Pacific Musicworks, conducted by Stephen Stubbs. He joins Symphony Tacoma for Mozart's Requiem and the Kirkland Choral Society for Beethoven's Mass In C and Choral Fantasy in the 2019-20 season. He has been a frequent soloist with Orchestra Seattle in such masterpieces as Sams’ Earthmakers, Fauré's Requiem, Duruflé's Requiem, Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia On Christmas Carols. He sang Rutter's Mass Of The Children with the Everett Chorale and Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and in the summer of 2017 he performed the bass solo in Mozart's Requiem in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria under the baton of Dr. Steven Zopfi and Dr. Scott Glysson.
He is a proud member of the Tahoma chapter of NATS, and currently serves as Chapter President. He has taught at the University Of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, as well as privately in the greater Tacoma/Seattle area, and is a frequent adjudicator for WMEA Solo/Ensemble contests in several regions across the state.