Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
This Season at Lyric: Man in Bar/Champion
Previously at Lyric: Moralès/Carmen and Raimbaud/Le Comte Ory (both 2022/23).
The second-year Ryan Opera Center baritone is from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He holds a master's degree in vocal performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. His roles there included Count Almaviva/The Marriage of Figaro and the title role/The Barber of Seville. He has also appeared as Papageno/The Magic Flute at Bloomington Chamber Opera. The baritone previously earned his bachelor's degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was heard in the title roles/Don Giovanni and Sweeney Todd, as well as Officer Lockstock/Urinetown and Ernst Ludwig/Cabaret. Rucker is a former Palm Beach Opera Apprentice Artist and a former Aspen Summer Music Festival Renée Fleming Artist. He recently received an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (Wisconsin District) and first place in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition.
Ian Rucker is sponsored by Karen Petitte and Jennifer L. Stone.