Tyler Raad
Black Hills State University music and theatre graduate Tyler Raad will perform a concert Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus. A reception will follow the performers. Admission is by donation which will benefit scholarships for students of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute.

The young tenor returns to his hometown with a repertoire of classical songs that reflect his undergraduate education at BHSU, three summers with the Opera Theatre Institute, and graduate study at North Dakota State University.


At 7 p.m. Dr. Janeen Larsen, BHSU emeritus professor of music, will present a pre-concert talk titled “What is an art song?” Larsen, pianist, will also accompany Raad.

Raad studied voice in the studio of Dr. Nancy Roberts, BHSU assistant professor of music. He is a three-time National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) finalist in South Dakota, winning first place in 2008 and 2009; first-place winner in the North Dakota graduate division in 2012, and third-place winner in the Minnesota graduate division in 2012.

He has performed on several professional stages including the Black Hills State University Summer Stage where he was featured in shows like Godspell (Jesus), Oklahoma (Curly), and Mousetrap (Sgt. Trotter); the Black Hills Playhouse in their production of Return to the Forbidden Planet (Cookie); and recently at the Fargo-Moorhead Opera in La Cenerentola, Fidelio, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia

This season with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, he is cast as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro.  He has also been featured on collegiate and regional stages in productions of Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar). His most recent performance was in the NDSU production of The Mikado as Nanki-Poo.  Tyler has also been a featured soloist in the Fargo-Moorhead Concerto-Aria Competition and tenor soloist in NDSU's Messiah.

Raad received scholarship to attend the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute the summers of 2008 and 2009 when he performed in the roles of Frederic (Pirates of Penzance) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).  He has also been the Institute’s production assistant for the last three years and served as stage manager for summer 2012.  There he received coaching from Johanna Meier, international opera star and founder of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute, and Dr. John Stewart and Bruce Donnell, professionals in the opera arena, among others. 

In addition to performing, Raad enjoys all aspects of the theatre and loves to direct and choreograph. He is a member of NATS and aspires to expand his private studio, complete is doctorate, and work in the field of college music.

For more information contact Dr. Nancy Roberts at 642-6230. To learn more about the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute visit www.BHSU.edu/Opera.