As the founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of VOX 3 Collective, baritone Brian von Rueden programmed over 90 and sang on more than 50 recitals in the company’s nine seasons. He has appeared in various opera roles, most recently the Master of the Masquerade in Nielsen’s Maskarade and the title role in Krása’s Brundibár. Other favorite roles include Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Melibeo in the U.S. premiere of Cimarosa’s L’infedeltà fedele, and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, with Chicago’s Millennium Chamber Players. Other productions include The Love for Three Oranges, The Mikado, The Scarf, and The Face on the Barroom Floor. As a young artist with Opera Santa Barbara, von Rueden covered the role of Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Currently residing in Dresden, Von Rueden has given recitals throughout Germany and has sung in the Sinfoniechor of the Sächsische Staatsoper and the Kammerchor of the Frauenkirche Dresden. He has also often appeared in concert repertoire, having sung the baritone solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, and several works of J.S. Bach, most notably with Ars Musica Chicago and the Chicago Bach Ensemble. Von Rueden earned his Master of Business Administration from National Louis University, his Master of Music from Roosevelt University, and his Bachelor of Music from Valparaiso University.