International opera and Broadway star Ravil Atlas came to New Zealand in 2009 after a long and varied professional career which included starring roles in more than seventy international opera productions and ten years in long-running Broadway productions Les Miserables (Valjean) and Phantom of the Opera (Piangi). His credits also include numerous concerts appearances, regional US professional musical theatre, professional choral work with Grammy award-wining ensemble Chanticleer, and three years at Teatro all Scala in Milan, Italy.
Since his retirement from full-time performing in 2007, Ravil has set his sights on research and training other performers. He began as Course Leader for musical theatre studies at Newcastle College in the UK. Since moving to New Zealand he has taught at many of the country’s major arts institutions including the Universities of Otago and Canterbury, NASDA, National Singing School, and even made a mentoring appearance in the nationally televised choir competition The Naked Choir.
In addition to his singing knowledge, Ravil is a highly acclaimed conductor and stage director with numerous credits in Christchurch including The Christchurch SymphonyOrchestra (Chorus Master), The Court Theatre, Showbiz Christchurch, North Canterbury
Musical Society, and Repertory Theatre. Of particular note is Ravil’s work with young and developing singers through the Burnside High School Specialist Music Programme,multiple Big Sing gold medals and YSIH National championships, his professional choir
Atlas Voices, and most recently with New Zealand Opera.