Ian is a full-time member of Theater Dortmund’s opera chorus in Dortmund, Germany. During the 2015/16 season, he’s sung Dottore Grenville in La Traviata as well as minor roles in Kiss Me, Kate, and Peter Grimes and reprised his work in Jesus Christ Superstar and Der Rosenkavalier. In the 2014/15 season, in addition to his choral work, he has sung the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni, Priest 2 in Jesus Christ Superstar, a team member in Roxy und ihr Wunderteam, Teo in Vom Mädchen, das nicht schlafen wollte and several comprimario roles in Der Rosenkavalier. In his time at Theater Dortmund, he has sung the choruses of Peter Grimes, Tristan und Isolde, Don Carlo, Anatevka, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhäuser, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Carmen, Cenerentola, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Der Rosenkavalier, Un ballo in maschera, Saul, Don Giovanni, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carmina Burana, and Die Jahreszeiten.
In January 2013, Ian sang the role of Jigger Craigin in Las Cruces Symphony’s production of Carousel.
Before that, he was an Education Teaching Artist for Arizona Opera, where he and four other performers traveled through southern Arizona performing educational outreach at elementary schools.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Ian was an interim instructor and head of the Doña Ana Lyric Opera at New Mexico State University. He taught opera history, opera workshop (an acting class for singers), and voice lessons. In the Spring of 2012, Ian directed Die Fledermaus and opera scenes.
In the summer of 2011, Ian sang the role of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello for Center Stage Opera in Pennsylvania.
In March 2011, Ian sang the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Doña Ana Lyric Opera in Las Cruces, NM.
In 2010, Ian sang his first performance of Franz Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. In that year he also appeared in the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore at the Doña Ana Lyric Opera at New Mexico State University. In fall 2009, he sang the tenor solo’s in Felix Mendelssohn’s St. Paul.
In 2009, Ian finished his Master of Music degree at New Mexico State University where he studied with Dr. Andrew Zimmerman. At NMSU’s Doña Ana Lyric Opera, he was cast in the premieres of Extinction: A Love Story and We Are Enron. He was also the bass soloist for Bach’s St. John Passion.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona where he appeared in the operas The Telephone, Little Women, Falstaff, Beauty and the Beast, and The Student Prince. He also sang as a bass soloist in the St. Matthew Passion.
Previous musical theater experience include roles in West Side Story, Chicago, Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, Phantom, Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon a Mattress, and Grease. In 2004 and 2005, Ian sang in the University of Arizona a capella group Everyman Jack and Jill. Ian also appeared with a number of rock bands in the Tucson area as singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist. As a non-singing actor, Ian participated in the plays Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer and in Tennessee Williams’ Talk to me like the Rain and Let me Listen.