Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘funny and fresh-voiced’, Gary Ruschman has appeared with major and regional orchestras, ensembles, presenters, and opera companies across the U.S. and abroad, including the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Consortium Carissimi, Portland Opera, American Bach Soloists, Royal Opera House Oman, San Francisco Opera Center, Ballet San Jose, Birdland, and in concert alongside jazz legends Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin.
The tenor’s recent highlights include the world premiere of Hagen and Freeh’s dance opera Test Pilot, Metamorphosis Opera Theatre’s concert presentation of Alcina, and Handel’s Esther with Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Gary also recently premiered Edie Hill’s Rincon de Cielo for Saint Paul’s Schubert Club, and performed Bach’s Cantata 131 with Minnesota Bach Ensemble.
Appearing regularly as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in studio projects and ensembles, Gary toured the globe and recorded a dozen albums with CANTUS vocal ensemble, and has appeared as a concert soloist on major works by Britten, Haydn, Handel, Orff, Rossini, Monteverdi, Bach, Weill, Nico Muhly, and Mendelssohn.
His stage credits include principal light lyric and character tenor roles in thirty operas, musicals, and plays, including Die Zauberfloete, Cosi fan tutte, Italian Girl in Algiers, Ariodante, The Mikado, Tosca, Rossini’s Count Ory, Peer Gynt: The Musical, and the world premiere and national tours of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.
He has performed on international broadcasts for Yomuri Television Japan, European Broadcast Union, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, University of California Television, A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, and annual Thanksgiving programs for American Public Media. The tenor has given hundreds of performances across the U.S., as well as Salzburg, Dubai, Muscat, Banff, New York, Washington D.C., and across the West African nation of Cameroon.
An active choral conductor and clinician, Gary serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, MN, and is an ASCAP award-winning composer/arranger. He earned degrees with honors from Northern Kentucky University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.