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Ryan Bede 


Adjunct Faculty


Ryan Bede, baritone, holds degrees from the University Of Washington (M.M., D.M.A. expected Spring 2023) and the University of Puget Sound (B.M.) and joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2021. Before relocating to the Nashville area from the Pacific Northwest, he performed extensively with Seattle Opera and numerous other Northwest opera companies and orchestras, and was a frequent national anthem soloist with the Seattle Mariners. His most frequent roles have included Papageno in The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Schaunard in La Bohème and Moralés/Dancairo in Carmen. He is also deeply passionate about American opera, and recently made his Nashville Opera mainstage debut, singing Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium. He returns to Opera Idaho in March 2023 as Jim Crowley in Jack Perla’s An American Dream, which he also previously performed with Seattle Opera.

Mr. Bede is very active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as Tahoma chapter President from 2019-2021. His students have recently won top awards at the regional and national level of the NATS Student Auditions. His research interests include vocal rehabilitation following injury/pathology, opera and mélodie of the French romantic era, and composers impacted by the Holocaust. In addition to working with students at Lipscomb, he teaches out of his private home studio and serves as baritone section leader and soloist at First Presbyterian Church Nashville.