Baritone Ralph Cato has performed masterworks from opera, oratorio, and musical theatre to critical acclaim around the world. He has been featured with the Philharmonic in Cologne, Germany (Kölner Philharmonie), and the Estonia National Symphony in Tallinn, Estonia. In the United States, his collaborations have included the Chicago Sinfonietta, Pacific Symphony and Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Angeles Chorale and United States Marine Band.
Ralph’s operatic repertoire includes a wide range of lyric and dramatic baritone roles, from Amonasro (Aida) and Scarpia (Tosca), to Tonio (Pagliacci), Germont (La Traviata), and Figaro (The Barber of Seville). As an oratorio singer, he has performed the bass solos for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as works by Bruckner, Fauré, Handel, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Hoiby and Michael Tippett.
A former member of the LA Jazz Choir, and the Al McNeil Jubilee Singers, Ralph has performed at Jazz Festivals in Montreux, Switzerland, The Hague, Holland, Germany, and Los Angeles. He has also served as Music Director and conductor for three churches in the Los Angeles area and is currently director of the Heritage Choir at Bel-Vue Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Cato moved to southern California to attend Northridge State. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
When not engaged in performing activities, Cato teaches vocal arts and diction for singers at the University of California, Riverside.