The Baritone in Many Roles
Ralph Schatzki has been a lawyer and a teacher of high school mathematics.
Yet, through his whole life he has identified himself through his singing.
In fact, whenever he pursued other interests he never allowed singing to
disappear from his life. In college he took studio voice lessons for
three years. This was his first real opportunity to follow his heart
and engage in music full-time, though he was eventually persuaded
by well-meaning- yet ignorant- people that he would be better off
with an academic degree. Similarly, when in law school- another
endeavor he undertook in part to respond to those who felt it
would be better for him to have a real degree- he took private
lessons, and also found time to engage in a music festival in
San Antonio. In fact, taking part in this was more important to
him than attending his own law school graduation- one at which
his own father had agreed to come and speak as an honored guest!
After becoming a member of the Connecticut Bar he finally spent several years
focusing primarily on his music. He attended the Hartt School of Music and
performed many lead roles there. He met his wife onstage in La Boheme, had
his collar pop off onstage in Madame Butterfly, and nearly caught on fire
in The Rake's Progress. It was an exciting time. He was then contracted to
participate in apprentice programs with the opera companies of Miami,
Sarasota, and Chautauqua - where he was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career
Grant for Young Singers. By the time he and his family moved to Thailand
he had an impressive list of roles to his credit, including (Rossini's)
Figaro, Schaunard, Junius, Sharpless, De Bretigny, Nick Shadow, Elder McLean,
Marullo, and Monterone.
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Once overseas, he took a job as a high school mathematics instructor. Yet, in keeping with his past, he and his wife also opened P and R Productions and Voice Studio, and he performed solos and leading roles with the biggest performance organizations in Bangkok.
He was also hired to sing in Malaysia and Singapore, and during this period
he added to his repertoire the roles of Don Giovanni, Scarpia, Amonasro, the Sprecher, and others.