Baritone Todd E. Ranney is an Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Mansfield University where he is the stage director and producer of Mansfield Opera Theater. During his tenure at MU, he developed an annual operatic production featuring a full length production which over eight years included: The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Tenderland, The Pirates of Penzance, Gianni Schicchi/Amahl and the NightVisitors, The Consul and Die Fledermaus. Also, he has developed and offers two courses at MU in acting and piano tuning.
During his operatic career he has performed over 100 productions throughout the Midwest with the Michigan Opera Theater, Cleveland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa, Ohio Light Opera, Indiana Opera North, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater, and Dayton Opera. Some of his roles include Figaro, Germont, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Papageno, Marcello, Tonio, and Gianni Schicchi. Dr. Ranney also performed 12 seasons with Cleveland Opera as an Associate Artist and was featured in numerous productions including Carmen, Die Meistersinger, Romeo and Juliet, and H.M.S. Pinafore. He is the founding Artistic Director of Akron Lyric Opera Theatre where he has directed/produced: Madama Butterfly, Cosi fan Tutti, La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute and Madama Butterfly. He has also been a featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra having appeared with Barbara Bonney, Felicity Lott, Susanne Mentzer, Wendy White, Leonard Slatkin and Jahja Ling, and has sung with the Symphony Orchestras of Dayton, Akron, Lakeside, Wooster as well as the Cleveland Pops.
Dr. Ranney holds dual Masters Degrees in Voice and Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music and completed his Doctorate Degree at The Ohio State University in voice with an emphasis in choral conducting and vocal pedagogy. He has also served as voice instructor and opera director on the faculties of Heidelberg College, the College of Wooster, Lorain Community College, and Youngstown State University and on the piano-accompanying staff at The University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace College and the Cleveland Opera. Additionally, he is an active church musician having held numerous positions as choral director and organist in Northeast Ohio. Dr. Ranney is a member of NATS-AMC chapter as Secretary, NOA, OMEA (Adjudicator), and Phi Mu Alpha.