"Seemingly tireless, he dominated the stage from beginning to end, and his voice was pure and never forced."


"Raymond Very.....plays the title role as carefully fine and fragile as a goldsmith with his sensitive material."


These are just some of the recent accolades from critics around the world for Raymond Very, one of the brightest American tenors gracing the globe's premiere opera stages today.

In the US, he has performed major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Portland Opera, Washington Summer Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera.

Internationally, Mr. Very has bowed in recurring roles at the Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Salzburg Festival, Wiener Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Opernhaus Zurich, Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Danish Royal Opera, De Nederlandse Oper Amsterdam, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Opera de Lyon, Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg,The Greek National Opera in Athens, Bilbao Opera in Spain and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

He has entertained audiences with his range - both vocally and dramatically - as the title characters in Otello, Der Schatzgräber, Tales of Hoffmann, The Rake’s Progress, The Student Prince, Damnation of Faust, and Der Zwerg. Other leading roles in his diverse catalogue include Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Aschenbach in Death in Venice, Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Don Juan in Schulhoff's Flammen, Midas in Die Liebe der Danae, Don Jose in Carmen, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Des Grieux in Manon, Rodolpho in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Matteo in Arabella, Boris and Tichon in Katya Kabanova, Steva and Laca in Jenufa, Gregor in The Makropulos Case, Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alwa in Lulu, Andres in Wozzeck, Cassio in Otello, Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Ismael in Nabucco, Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Tom Buchanon in The Great Gatsby.

Rounding out his repertoire, Very has appeared in concert with many leading symphony orchestras in the U.S. and worldwide including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival, Amsterdam VARA Radio Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

His discography includes recent releases of The Makropulos Case (Gregor) on DVD from the Salzburg Festspiele conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Der Schatzgräber (Elis) from De Nederslandse Oper conducted by Marc Albrecht and Oberst Chabert (Ferraud) from the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Jacques Lacombe.


Mr. Very enjoys living in his native Pittsburgh with his wife, soprano and teacher Laura Knoop Very and their children, Isabella, and Benjamin, and his eldest daughter, Kaitlin.

He can be contacted through his agent, Manuela Kursidem at or Also by phone in Germany at  49-89-29-16-16-61 .