CEDRIC BERRY, Bass Baritone, received his music diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California. He has performed a variety of operatic roles including the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Falstaff in Nicoli’s Merry Wives, Lepporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Shaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme. Cedric made his first European stage appearances in Spain, as Jake, in a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He appeared with LA Opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Finland and sang a concert in tribute to Paul Robeson for the Banlieurs Bleues festival in Paris, France. Cedric gained his first professional experiences with Los Angeles Opera covering roles in a number of operas including L’Italiana, Pagliacci, Tosca, Tristan und Isolde, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and Don Giovanni. As a Resident Artist with the company Cedric also sang the roles in The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, Faust, La Rondine and Billy Budd. He has appeared with Pacific Symphony, The Arizona Symphony, The Bakersfield Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Symphony, The Luckman Jazz orchestra, The New West Symphony, The Southwest Chamber Orchestra, The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, The California Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been the recipient of several awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition.