David Ronis was recently appointed the inaugural Karen K. Bishop Director of Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously he taught at Queens College/CUNY, Hofstra University, and Wagner College. A six-time National Opera Association Production Award winner, his guest directing engagements have included Shreveport Opera, La Musica Lirica, the Crane School of Music, Rutgers University, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Bach Musicians, Queens Symphony Orchestra, After Dinner Opera, and Manhattan School of Music, in their annual “From Page to Stage” series.
Mr. Ronis is the co-founder of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College and has also been on the faculty at the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, and La Lingua della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. A specialist in teaching integrative acting and movement techniques for singers, Mr. Ronis has given master classes and workshops at universities throughout the United States.
As a performer, he sang over 50 operatic roles with more than 30 companies including those in Nice, Hong Kong, Atlanta, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Louisville, Columbus, Tampa, Rochester, Grand Rapids, and the New York City Opera National Company. He also concertized extensively throughout the U.S., toured nationally in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and appeared in independent films and nationally televised commercials.
Mr. Ronis received his B.F.A. degree from Purchase College and the M.A.L.S. (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) in Opera Studies, an interdisciplinary research degree, from Empire State College/SUNY. He also studied at the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, France, then under the direction of the legendary teacher, Nadia Boulanger, and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, where he worked with the late Sir Peter Pears.