Royce Strider is best known throughout the U.S.A. as a versatile and charismatic singer and performer. With an affinity for early music, he recently completed training in Baroque performance at the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music Baroque Collective program. Royce was also recently named a National Finalist for the 2018-2019 American Prize in Art Song/Oratorio Performance. In the fall of 2019, Royce will begin his second season with the Pittsburgh Camerata. In the spring of 2018, he made his Mississippi debut with the Natchez Festival of Music as Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), as well as his Pittsburgh debut as part of the Ensemble for Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
In the fall of 2017, Royce made his debut with Painted Sky Opera, covering Sacristan (Tosca). For the summers of 2015, 16, and 17, he worked with the Ohio Light Opera, performing an array of operetta and musical theater, including Oliver Hix (The Music Man), Prime Minister von Mark (The Student Prince), Prince Ulrich (The Lady of the Slipper), Second Gunman (Kiss Me Kate), Detective Baker (Jerome Kern’s Have A Heart), and covering Captain Corcoran (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado).
Photo by Miriam Patterson, 2018
His concert work includes the Baritone and Bass solos for Brahms's Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Other opera and theatre roles include Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), the Mayor (John Musto’s The Inspector), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Prince Yashvin (David Carlson’s Anna Karenina), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Brétigny (Manon), the Baker (Into the Woods), Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Henry Davis (Street Scene), Le Superintendent des plaisirs (Cendrillon), Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Kromov (Die Lustige Witwe), and Lillas Pastia (La tragédie de Carmen).
Royce also serves as an Adjunct Voice Instructor at the Mercyhurst University D’Angelo Department of Music. With roots in Norman, OK, he completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and his Masters at the University of Houston. Royce is currently based in the Pittsburgh area, and loves good food, good wine, and his not-so-good cats, Hamlet and Horatio.