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Ralph Schatzki Baritone Voice Teacher Math Teacher Writer on Spotlight:
One man's journey through his chosen path! And, what a journey that is for him!



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The Baritone in Many Roles

Ralph Schatzki Baritone Voice Teacher Math Teacher Writer on Spotlight
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!

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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.


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In 2005 he returned to the US with his family and has rekindled his performance career. He has since performed many more roles, including Don Giovanni, di Luna, Tonio and Alfio.

Also comfortable singing concert works, he has performed solos in the Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Faure and Durufle, Orff's Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah.

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A freelance writer, as well, Ralph takes great pride in his works, though not as much as he does in his family or his singing. For him, music is one of the most important things in our lives since it is one of the few things that has the capacity to bring together all people to a common understanding. He is committed to bringing more music into the world.

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To say, or not to say: "Ralph" is the question

Did you know that people in Thailand had trouble pronoucing the name Ralph?


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The Thais can flip their tongues very well when they pronounce the letter R, but they have a lot of difficulty putting R and L together in one word. Because Ralph's name contains both letters, it made the Thais shy away from saying it. When someone made an attempt, her concern was put so much upon saying the L right, so, Ralph often answered to Rahp, Rahb, Laab; or, in an extreame case of a Thai with a British accent - Rawllllf. His wife's uncle, notorious for deliberately playing on words, made it easier and convenient for himself and others by coming up with an unusal name for him. Ralph didn't mind at all since it is one of his favorite foods of all time - Laabmoo (laab-moo). Frequently made at home, Laabmoo is a spicy pork salad in the 'yum' family, perfected by the balance of lime juice, nampla sauce, tiny red chili, and roasted ground rice, and garnished with fresh mint leaves. One shouldn't have Laabmoo without Kaoniew (kao-niew)- steamed scented sticky rice.

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Ralph's thinking about making Laabmoo his middle name!




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