Baritone Cory J. Renbarger has performed with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Theater Festival in Lucca, Italy, Minnesota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, LOON Opera, and others.
Some of his notable roles have included Mozart’s Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Guglielmo, Britten’s Tarquinius, and Puccini’s Sharpless and Gianni Schicchi. In 2008, Cory was a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, he joined the faculty for the Northern Lights Opera Festival in Hibbing, MN, where he also sang the role of Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Yevgény Onégin. Some of Cory’s recent concert work includes Fauré’s Requiem with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and also with Magnum Chorum, Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala, and Schubert’s Winterreise with Dr. Stephen Carlson. Alongside multiple performances of Winterreise, stretching from Arizona to Alaska, Renbarger and Carlson released a commercial recording of the work in July of 2022.
In addition to his performance work, Cory has directed over a dozen opera productions, including Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and many others. Most recently, he directed a triple bill of Menotti’s The Telephone, Barber’s A Hand of Bridge and Moore’s Gallantry. Upcoming engagements include a return to LOON Opera as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana this June and a featured performance of Nathan Jones’ Three Ojibwe Stories at the 2023 International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in July.
Dr. Renbarger is currently Professor of Music in Voice at Bemidji State University and resides in Bemidji, MN with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Bella.