Reflections on Christ: A Cycle of Light
Performers' Information

Ricky Ryerson
has become an innovator in the field of scripted classical vocal performances.   Commissioned to perform in specialty concerts throughout the New York Metropolitan area over the last several years, Ms. Ryerson has developed scripts featuring operatic, sacred, movie soundtrack and childrens music.  Existing script's include an adaptation of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro; a children's story traveling through the music of 1940's-1970's movies; and a religious journey showcasing the story of Christ through arts song and oratorio arias from the Baroque to Contemporary periods.  Her most recent script written for 3 opera singers sheds light on the plight of the struggling opera singers trying to make inroads in the operatic world while making a living.  A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Ricky has performed at opera houses across the country including Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, Augusta Opera, and Natchez Music Festival.  Among her many operatic roles are the title role of Carmen, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Nancy in Albert Herring, Siebel in Faust, Niklaus in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.  Applauded as a sincere, focused performer, Ms. Ryerson has performed as a soloist on numerous concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall.  Oratorio works include solo performances in Mozart's Requiem and Vesperes Solemnes de Confessores, Vivaldi's Gloria and Durufle's Requiem.  Ricky continues to balance auditioning for opera and concert houses around the country with performing with chamber ensembles and small performance groups throughout the New York Metropolitan area. 

Mory Ortman
works as a free-lance musician in New York City. His work includes accompanying auditions and lessons, coaching, and music directing. He is active in recital and cabaret work in and around the city. Mory also works as a regular accompanist for Manhattan Concert Productions, a company that brings distinguished conductors to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to lead choruses and orchestras from around the country.      Dr. Ortman’s master degree is from the Eastman School of Music, and his doctorate in piano accompanying and chamber music is from Arizona State University in Tempe.  In addition to his professional musical activities, Dr. Ortman is involved in Career Bridges, an organization that promotes the careers of young opera singers and introduces opera to elementary and high schools in the greater New York City area.   In the summertime, Mory often works at Quisisana resort in Maine, where he is music director and accompanist five nights a week. The resort does a combination of opera, musical theatre, and chamber music and is known for its high caliber of performances.

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