Baritone Edward Cleary, from Brockton, Massachusetts, recently completed his first year as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera. He has received degrees from Boston University and Mannes College of Music. Roles performed while at Mannes include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Minksman in the New York Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Don Prudenzio in Il Viaggio a Reims, and Gideon March / Dashwood in Little Women.
At Boston University, he was seen as Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette and received the Ellalou Dimmock Award, the university’s top award for undergraduate singers. Edward was a 2016 Grant winner of The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. Other performance highlights include the opening concert of the Opus Arts Festival in Jerusalem with the Isreali Camerata and the role of Count Malcolm in A Little Night Music with the Lidal North program in Oslo, Norway. Currently, Edward lives and works in New York City and this fall will join Indiana University as a Performer Diploma candidate.