A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, baritone William Lee Bryan was praised in the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his "large, ingratiating baritone" in the role of Curly in Bloomington Civic Theater's production of Oklahoma! Mr. Bryan has performed opera, operetta, musical theater, and concert works across the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Philip Zawisza, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Florida State University, studying with David Okerlund. His favorite roles have included Don Giovanni, Elmer Gantry, and Elijah, Ford in Falstaff, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rappaccini in La Hija De Rappaccini, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Lancelot in Camelot, Hans Scholl in Weisse Rose, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Mr. Bryan joins Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program this season performing the roles of the Duke of Verona in Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Hatfield in Dinner at Eight, and Marcello in La bohème.