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The baritone Raymond Blackwell is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 and, after six seasons as coach and accompanist for the Pittsburgh Opera, became an artist lecturer and coach for the voice department at Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh audiences have seen him as Guard No. 2 in Pittsburgh Opera’s Dead Man Walking, and as Archie Kramer in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summer and Smoke. He holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Delaware, a Master’s in Opera from Binghamton University and was a resident artist at Tri Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York. He has also sung rôles with Opera Delaware, Opera at Florham, The Singer’s Forum, NYC and Ithaca Opera. Known also as a pianist, he continues to work as a rehearsal accompanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Johnstown Symphony, where he played for such great singers as Jessye Norman, Thomas Quasthoff, Sherrill Milnes, and Susan Menzer. In January of 2004, Raymond Blackwell was appointed as the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Pittsburgh.

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