Jonathan Ray hails from Russellville, Arkansas. He recently completed his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University. He holds the M.M. in Vocal Performance from UNC-Greensboro (2014) and the B.M.E. from Arkansas Tech University (2010). He has appeared with such companies as the Kansas City Lyric Opera, the Missouri Symphony, Opera in the Rock, St. Petersburg Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Opera in the Ozarks, and Greensboro Opera. His numerous operatic credits include the leading roles in La Traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, L’elisir d’amore, Albert Herring, and Candide. He has also performed leading roles in musicals such as Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, and Hairspray. Currently, Dr. Ray is the tenor Apprentice Artist with the Kansas City Lyric Opera and is also a professor of music at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.