Brad Baron likes to do it all, balancing the disciplines of singing, acting, writing, and directing.
As a singer and actor, he is as equally at home in musical theater and plays as he is in opera and operetta. He is an avid interpreter of Gilbert and Sullivan, having performed bass-baritone roles from more than half their canon including Bunthorne (Patience), Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore), Phantis (Utopia LTD), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Sir Roderick (Ruddigore), and Wilfred Shadbolt (The Yeomen of the Guard) in venues around the country. Recently, he was a resident professional artist with the Ohio Light Opera for their 2015 and 2016 festival seasons. He is currently engaged as an Artist in Residence with Opera Memphis where he will again perform The Pirate King in 2017.
Additional stage credits include: Artie (The House of Blue Leaves); Bedroň (Veselohra na Mostě); Buffalo Bill (Annie Get Your Gun); Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte); Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénédict); Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha); Franz-Fritz (Flammentangel Kabarett, premiere); Fred Graham (Kiss Me, Kate); George Benton (Dead Man Walking, cover); Georg Nowack (She Loves Me); Haly (L’Italiana in Algeri); Jeff Douglas (Brigadoon); High Priest (Antinous and Hadrian, workshop premiere); Leporello (Don Giovanni); Miles Gloriosus (A Funny Thing…Forum); Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls); Old Servant (Elektra); Oswald (King Lear); Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment); Robert Baker (Wonderful Town); Robert Green (Der Vampyr); Senator Gallagher (Call Me Madam); Sir Anthony Absolute (Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals); The Soldier (Once Upon the Wind); Swallow (Peter Grimes, cover); Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd); and Whitelaw Savory (Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus). He has appeared on stages with Bergen County Players, Bronx Opera, CLOC, Des Moines Metro Opera, interACT Productions, LSU Opera Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Louisiane, Opera Memphis, operamission, The Princeton Triangle Club, The Secret Opera, Theatre Intime, and more.
He has distinguished himself on the performance competition circuit. He was an Encouragement Award winner in the Violetta DuPont Competition, a finalist in Classical Idol 8, and a semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Mary Jacobs Singer of the Year Competition, the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition, and the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. He has lent his voice to a number of professional recordings as well, including the Albany Records’ recording of Ohio Light Opera’s Blossom Time as Moritz von Schwind.
As a director, he most recently organized a workshop presentation of his play in progress Last Ditch Playlist at Dixon Place. He also directed fully staged scenes from Carousel and assistant directed Dido and Aeneas and The Mikado with LSU Opera Theatre. As a writer, he has authored dozens of stage plays to date. In recent years: he contributed works to the 2016 New Jersey One Minute Play Festival (#1MPF); his one acts Homochondria and Queer Assumptions were mounted as part of the 2015 and 2016 Rainbow Festivals with the La Strada Ensemble Theater; Last Ditch Playlist had its first public reading with the Village Playwrights in New York City; his short play 140 Characters or Less was presented in the Second Annual Short Play Festival with Luna Stage; his Where We Always Go was presented in the New Playwrights Series at The Villagers Theater; and Homochondria had its regional premiere as a part of the Ringwald Theatre’s Gay Play Series (GPS). While at Princeton University, he re-imagined Sophocles’ Oedipus plays in an original drama titled In the Waste: A Theban Cycle, presented in a staged reading that he also directed. He is a contributing writer to GayGamer.net among a number of other online publications. He also cultivates his own online blogs.
He maintains a very active social media presence. Namely, he is the founder and curator of QueerForceX, a YouTube Gaming Channel designed to lend more LGBTQ voices to online communities of nerds and “gaymers” everywhere. He was also the “Best Twitter Discovery” of 2015 according to Barihunks.
Brad is a Masters of Music recipient from Louisiana State University and a graduate of Princeton University where he received an AB in English and Certificates in Theatre and Vocal Performance. He is proud member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America.
© 2016 Brad Baron