Puerto Rican baritone Ricardo José Rivera, a first-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been heard as Guglielmo/Così fan tutte with the International Vocal Academy of Rome; has participated in several recitals with the American Masters’ of Opera Academy in Moscow; and has appeared in several scene and concert presentations with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv. In Puerto Rico, he has had repeat engagements at the Performing Arts Center of San Juan and at the University of Puerto Rico Theater, appearing as the Notary/Don Pasquale, Maestro Spinelloccio/Gianni Schicchi, and Don Quixote/Maurice Ravel’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show as part of the 2016 Casals Festival. Rivera recently received his master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he appeared with the Opera Department as Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Starveling/A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Marco/Gianni Schicchi. He is the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant and is a past participant in the Aspen Music Festival (Marquis d’Obigny/La traviata, Angel #7/Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels, Claudio/Béatrice et Bénédict) and VOICExperience programs. This season the baritone will sing Schaunard/La bohème (debut) and Baron Douphol/La traviata at Lyric Opera and will appear in concert with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.