Ray Bauwens is well known to audiences in the New England area. His musicianship, acting and vocal skills have drawn praise from audiences and critics alike. Some of Mr. Bauwens’ operatic performances have included such roles as Jean in Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Enzo in La Gioconda and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. He is equally at home in oratorio and concert works as his performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Verdi’s Requiem and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem among others will attest.
Mr. Bauwens has performed with the National Symphony of the Ukraine, the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Boston Academy of Music, Connecticut Concert Opera, Opera Providence, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Warren Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Symphony Pro Musica and even the Boston Ballet in Lila York’s staging of the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
His other operatic roles have also included Anatol in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Matteo in Strauss’ Arabella, the title role in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, Canio in I Pagliacci, Don Alvaro in Giuseppe Verdi’s original St. Petersburg version of La Forza Del Destino, Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Pollione in Norma, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen.
Mr. Bauwens’ concert and oratorio performances include Elijah, Messiah, the Petite Messe Solennelle of Rossini, J.S. Bach’s B-Minor Mass, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Requiem, and Mass in C, La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla, Hector Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette, St. Paul by Felix Mendelssohn, and the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion.
Mr. Bauwens traveled to Kiev in order to record Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, which has been released by Naxos Records.