Raymond Menard, reciter
Raymond Menard is a New York based theater professional. In 1987 he joined the stage management staff of the Metropolitan Opera Association and now holds the title of Production Stage Manager. Prior to joining the Met, he was Staff Stage Director and Artistic Administrator for the New York City Opera. While at NYCO, he was honored with the Julius Rudel Award in recognition of his musical and administrative skills.
In addition to his behind the scenes work, Ray has appeared onstage as Pasha Selim in Mozart’s ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO for Opera New Jersey and as King Bobeche in the Bronx Opera production of Offenbach’s BLUEBEARD. He is a frequent participant in the Met Live in HD and Sirius radio broadcasts.
Ray studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and theater at the PrattInstitute. Since 2010 he has served on the faculty of the Graduate School of the Arts of Columbia University.
A New Jersey native, Ray makes his home in Boonton Township with his wife, Laura, and daughters, Amity and Isobel.