Baritone Gregory Emanuel Rahming, a native of Miami, Florida and winner of numerous vocal competitions including the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition in Washington, D.C., the Opera Index Competition, the Young Patronesses Award of Miami, the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, officially began his career by completing a two year tenure in the Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program singing the role of Masetto with the International and National casts of Don Giovanni. The following summer Gregory was awarded an Apprenticeship with the Chautauqua Opera singing the roles of Angelotti and Ali ben Ali. Since then he has sung many leading performances throughout the world on stages in Opera, Concert and Recital, as well as in Musical Theatre, including Broadway.
Mr. Rahming’s engagements have been as varied as his career, which include such Operatic assignments as Marcello in La Boheme for Mobile Opera and the National Company of New York City Opera singing both Marcello and Schaunard; Escamillo in Carmen for Opera Bergens, Norway and Opera Carolina; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Fort Worth Opera; Germont in La Traviata for Anchorage Opera; Iago in Otello, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti and Mozart’s IL Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro for Houston Ebony Opera. Continuing with one of Mr. Rahming’s favorite composers, his most performed Mozart roles are Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro for Indianapolis and Virginia Operas; Papageno in Die Zauberflote for Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Carolina, Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival and Houston Ebony Opera; Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte for Florida Grand Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Memphis and Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival; Masetto in Don Giovanni for Florida Grand Opera, Colorado Opera Festival and Arkansas Opera Theatre. Other highlighted roles include Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore for Triangle Opera Theatre, Durham, NC; Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale for the Metropolitan Opera Guild; Dandini in La Cenerentola for Piedmont Opera and the New York City Opera Education Department and Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri for Opera Carolina and Piedmont Opera. The baritone made auspicious debuts at Carnegie Hall as Prince Ottokar in Der Freischutz singing with Hildegard Behrens and Ben Heppner for the Opera Orchestra of New York with Eve Queler as conductor; Washington Concert Opera as Roucher in Andrea Chenier again with Ben Heppner, as well as Diana Soviero; Atlanta Opera as Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors; Mobile, Nashville and Chautauqua Opera Companies as Angelotti in Tosca and the New Jersey State Opera as Howard in the World Premiere of Frederick Douglass by Ulysses Kay. Well received in the role of Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Edmonton Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Memphis and Opera Colorado, Mr. Rahming is now sought after for his sensitive portrayal of the role of Porgy. He has performed this role with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra of Sweden, conducted by Paul Freeman and in February 2001, reprised the role with the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Justin Brown also in Sweden.
Concert appearances have been as guest soloist with The New York Philharmonic in (Young Peoples Concert Series), Avery Fisher Hall; Mid America Productions at Carnegie Hall in (Schubert Mass “G” and Durufle` Requiem); at The Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Hattiesburg, MS. in (Three Generations II); in (Dover Beach-Barber) with the Bachanalia Chamber Players; (Shakespeare and Our Planet-Silverman) Lincoln Center Institute; (Porgy and Bess) Festival of the Performing Arts at F.I.U.; (Bach and Scearse) Nashville Chamber Orchestra; (Messiah) Queen Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Spire Series and the Choral Society of Greenwich Connecticut. In addition, a (New Year’s Eve Pops Celebration Concert) with Indianapolis Symphony; Leonard Lehrman and the Metropolitan Community Chorus and many recitals throughout the United States.
In Contemporary music, Mr. Rahming added to his growing repertoire in 2002 the roles of Mr. Reginald Kincaid in Fangs, composed by Diedre Murray, performed at Aaron Davis Hall, and Coppelius/Coppola in The Sandman, composed by Thomas Cabaniss, performed at The Connelly Theater in NY. The baritone is most noted for his portrayal of Esteban Montejo in Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarron. He has performed this piece to international acclaim for the Munich Biennale; the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival; the Real Acadamia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain; The Royal Ontario Museum Theatre in Toronto (recorded for CBC Radio); the Banff Center for the Performing Arts; the Thamyris Contemporary Ensemble of Atlanta; and in October 2000 at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, as well as Expo 2000 at the Deutsche Pavillion in Hannover, Germany. Mr. Rahming revisited the role again in October 2001 for the city of Munich during Mr. Henze’s 75th birthday celebration. The Toronto Star writes, “The Star of Henze’s 15 part narrative, American Gregory Rahming, proved anything but tame. Rahming transformed the work into a tour-de-force event. His extraordinary vocal range encompassed everything…it’s artistic centre”.
Gregory has also expanded his artistic scope to include Musical Theatre where he has graced the Broadway stage as Don Attilio and Monsieur Firmin(understudy) in The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre, the Workman in On The Town at the Gershwin Theatre, Ensemble Lead in Tenderloin for New York’s City Center Encores!, Joe in Showboat for Rockwell Productions in Media, Pennsylvania and with Indiana Opera Theater, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady for Opera Memphis and a Town Hall Concert debut of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. He can also be heard on the 2000 original cast recording of Tenderloin, “ Jubal-ation” and his first Gospel Single, “March On ‘Till You Reach Your Victory.”
Noted as “an outstanding performer with a great gift for communication and teaching,” Mr. Rahming was Guest Teaching Artist in January of 2002 at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. He has also shared this strong interest in the communication of music as an educational artform for young people through his participation with the New York Festival of Song, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the New York City Opera’s Education Department. In addition, Gregory has developed his own educational one man opera revue entitled, (Welcome to Opera), which he has performed for The Kentucky Center for the Arts, Arts for Anyone, Connecticut Alliance for Music, Young Audiences of Connecticut, along with several other opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera’s Education Department.
Mr. Rahming attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, and currently resides in New York City and Louisville, KY.