Ronald Hedlund Resume

      Bass-baritone Ronald Hedlund,, made his professional debut in 1965 and Metropolitan Opera National Company debut in 1966. He earned accolades singing leading roles in every major American Opera House (New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, Vancouver, and more). Festival appearances include international engagements in Canada, Spoleto (Italy), Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, & Eisenstadt), Hungary, Scotland, Mexico City & Guanajuato, and US festivals in Aspen, Santa Fe, Lake George, Oberlin, Chicago, Charleston, Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington,Champaign-Urbana, and Watseka, IL.

Recent appearances include performances of Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" with the Eastern Symphony (rebroadcast on public television), Father Capulet in Gounod's "RomĂ©o et Juliette" with the Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Festival, soloist in Messiah and “The Devil You Say” with the Champaign Urbana Symphony at the Krannert Center, Arkel in "PĂ©leas et MĂ©lisande" with the Illinois Opera Theatre, soloist in Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" for the Victorian Society Conference at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach" with the Shanghai Quartet, as Jesus in Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" with the Baroque Artists, Copland's "Old American Songs" (Set I & II) for the WILL FM Radio Concert in the Park, PDQ Bach's "The Seasonings" with the Prairie Ensemble, narrator with the Danville Symphony for Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat", and "Songs of the Heart" concerts, the Mozart "Requiem" soloist with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Eastern Illinois Symphony, the PBS WILL-TV Documentary "Remembering the Music of World War II", narrator for the PBS documentary "Tarahumara: Pillars of the World", a recording and performance at the Krannert Center of Sever Tipei's "Cantus Interruptus", a presentation at the PAS 3 Voice Conference in York, England, soloist in the Prologue to Boito's "Mefistofele" with the Rockford Symphony, soloist in Devil arias and the Prologue to Boito's "Mefistofele" with the Champaign Urbana Symphony and later appeared with the CUSO for their Holiday Pops concert, Broadway Songs and Opera Arias with the Danville Symphony, four performances as Benoit in "La Boheme" at the Krannert Center, aria soloist with the Prairie Ensemble, and "Classics in the Classroom" Series.

Additional appearances include performances at the Springer Cultural Center, Summer Nights at Grace Series, Tarble Arts Center, WILL-FM Radio's Second Sunday Recital Series, the University of Illinois President's Mansion, Smith Music Hall, Mills Breast Cancer Center, Jerry Hadley Illinois Memorial Service, Prairie Breezes Series,Heartland Festival Orchestra at Glen Oaks Park, the Prairie Ensemble Peter & the Wolf performances, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, plus the premiere of Daniel Stephen Craft's opera "La Llorona" in Albuquerque at the NM Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Singing Voice Consultant for the Carle Clinic Otolaryngology Department in Urbana, Illinois, he also appears as vocal health lecturer, panelist, and performer at International Voice Seminars in Austria and England. He is as editorial consultant for The Virtuoso Obbligato Aria Collection sold through major publishing houses in the US, Japan, Austria, Australia and on line.

Married to Emmy winning cellist & music administrator Barbara Hedlund, he has two sons and two grandchildren. His son Dr. Eric Hedlund, an aeronautical engineer, is Chief of Testing and Evaluation for the US Naval Ballistic Missile Defense Program. His son Alexander, Master's graduate in Journalism from the University of Illinois, former Booze News Journalist and Spin Off film critic for the News Gazette, UCLA Television & Film Producers Program graduate, a former Warner Brothers Creative Projects Associate,he is currently assistant to the producer at Stars Road Entertainment - a Sony Pictures affiliate - in Hollywood.

Updated:  October 25, 2010

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