Royce Strider is best known throughout the U.S.A. as a versatile and charismatic singer and performer. Among many recent performances, Royce made his Mississippi debut with the Natchez Festival of Music as Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music) and the Valentin cover (Faust), as well as his Pittsburgh debut as part of the Ensemble for Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
In the fall of 2017, Royce made his debut with Painted Sky Opera, covering Sacristan (Tosca) . For the summers of 2015, 16, and 17, he worked with the Ohio Light Opera, performing an array of operetta and musical theater, including Oliver Hix (The Music Man), Prime Minister von Mark (The Student Prince), Prince Ulrich (The Lady of the Slipper), Second Gunman (Kiss Me Kate), Detective Baker (Jerome Kern’s Have A Heart), and covering Captain Corcoran (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado).
His concert work includes Brahms's Requiem with St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Fauré Requiem with Saint Theresa Catholic Church, both in the Houston, TX area.
Royce earned his Master’s of Music at the University of Houston, where he was prominently featured with the Moores Opera Center as Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), the Mayor (John Musto’s The Inspector), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Prince Yashvin (David Carlson’s Anna Karenina), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) , and Brétigny (Manon). He also sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass for the season finale concert with the Moores School of Music choir and orchestra.
Other opera and theatre roles include the Baker (Into the Woods), Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Henry Davis (Street Scene), Le Superintendent des plaisirs (Cendrillon), Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Kromov (Die Lustige Witwe), and Lillas Pastia (La tragédie de Carmen).
With roots in Norman, OK, he completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Royce is currently based in the Pittsburgh area, and loves good food, good wine, and his not-so-good cats, Hamlet and Horatio.