|RON LI-PAZ rapidly established himself as a leading bass-baritone on the international operatic scene. He was the recipient of a full scholarship and various performance awards at London 's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the vocal student of his father, the bass-baritone, Michael Li-Paz, and the famous American basso, Giorgio Tozzi.
Ron began his stage career in Britain, appearing in leading roles in plays and musical theater including Fiddler on the Roof, Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Sisters, Little Foxes, The Winters Tale, Zoo Story, Anatol, Lysistrata, Flora the Red Menace and Only the Lonely. He made his concert debut in a Royal Gala Concert for the late Princess of Wales. His operatic debut came in 1999, as Angelotti' in Tosca for the New West Symphony and Opera San Jose.
Since then, he has sung in the United States, France, Germany, Holland, Britain, Italy and Belgium . Li-Paz performed the role of Sarastro' in Die Zauberflöte with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, a performance which Music Critic Jim Farber called the most impressive, further stating that Li-Paz delivered two stirring arias in a manner that was both lyrical and resonant. Music Critic Alan Rich also described Li-Paz's Sarastro as marvelously resonant, while the Los Angeles Times praised his richness and weight. He has since sung Sarastro in the Schwetzingen Festival and at Opéra National du Rhin to equally high acclaim.
Other roles have included Don Alfonso in Così Fan Tutte in Houston, the Kommisar in Keith Warner's highly-acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier in the Spoleto Festival, Italy, and Ramfis in Aida at the Royal Albert Hall, a portrayal that the London Evening Standard described as the all-around most convincing performance. At the Concertgebouw, Mr. Li-Paz recently sang the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, for which the Haagse Courant wrote the theatrical bravura with which the bass-baritone Ron Li-Paz created the title role of Figaro' clearly showed his past career as an actor. Li-Paz made his Los Angeles Opera debut in 2004 as Larkens in La Fanciulla del West under the baton of Simone Young.
He has performed solo roles in various oratorios including a televised performance of Honneger's Jeanne d'arc au Bucher under the baton of Paolo Carigniani and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in the inaugural season of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Mr. Li-Paz returned to Britain to star in Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus with Opera North. He repeated the role in the Ravenna Festival in the summer before returning to London for further performances at Saddlers Wells. His performances in Die Zauberflote from the Schwetzingen Festival and Der Rosenkavalier from the Spoleto Festival are available on CD and DVD.
Mr. Li-Paz is currently the spiritual leader and cantor of Valley Outreach Synagogue. He is a post graduate rabbinical student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. He became the cantor of Valley Outreach Synagogue in 1996. Ron shared the leadership of the synagogue with his colleague and mentor, Rabbi Jerry Fisher, until Rabbi Fisher’s retirement in 2006. He then became the spiritual leader of the congregation. He describes himself currently as devoted husband, father, and caretaker of two dogs, two birds, a sulcatta tortoise who has outgrown two homes and a few chickens and Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue in Woodland Hills, Ca.