- Resident Artists
Richard Zeller - Germont
One of America's leading baritones, Richard Zeller, is internationally acclaimed for his concert and opera roles. He is known for his beautiful dramatic voice and presence as well as his outstanding musicianship.
During season 2008/09, Mr. Zeller returns to Scottish Opera where he portrays Germont in La Traviata, a role he reprises in the US at Portland Opera. Highlights of the current season are Morales in Carmen at Portland Opera, the title role in Rigoletto with New Jersey Opera, and orchestral engagements with the Virginia Symphony and Evansville Philharmonic. Mr. Zeller’s opera engagements in season 2006/07 included the role of Valentin in Portland Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust, cover of the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera and performing Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera. Concert engagements during that season have Mr. Zeller perform in an opera gala concert with Johnstown Symphony (PA), Handel’s Messiah with Seattle Symphony, the Shostakovitch Symphony #14 with Richmond Symphony, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Oregon Symphony, a return to the Richmond Symphony for Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Memphis Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Buffalo Philharmonic.
Engagements in the 2005/06 season included the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Kentucky Opera, the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with Portland Opera, Sharpless in Puccini’s Butterfly with the New Orleans Opera, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah with San Diego Symphony and the Winter Park Bach Festival, Carmina Burana with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway) and Messiah with Charlotte Symphony. Season 2004/05 Mr. Zeller performed Brahms Requiem with Oregon Symphony, Schumann’s Manfred with Seattle Symphony, Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. He also appeared as Marcello in La Boheme with Cincinnati Opera and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of La Boheme and Tannhauser.
The 2003/04 season included the role of Athanaël in Massenet's Thaïs with the English National Opera and more performances with the Metropolitan Opera as Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème; Schelkalov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov; and Barak in R. Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Mr. Zeller's performances in the 2001/02 season included a nationwide TV Broadcast in Live from Lincoln Center singing the Mozart Requiem with the Mostly Mozart Festival, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. He also appeared with Portland Opera as Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, sang in Carnegie Hall in Bloch's Sacred Service, and in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Oregon Symphony. He sang the villain Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca with Opera Grand Rapids, as well as the title role in Verdi's Macbeth with Opera de Bordeaux and Opera de Vichy. He also sang the world premiere of Henri Lazarof's Fifth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony.
Mr. Zeller was featured in Scottish Opera's widely heralded, award-winning production of Macbeth directed by Luc Bondy at its Edinburgh Festival premiere in 1999/00 and revival at the Vienna Festival. Other opera highlights of past seasons include Metropolitan Opera performances of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier and Gounod’s Faust, and Chicago Lyric Opera’s Boris Godunov and Andrea Chénier. He has performed Gluck’s Alceste at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride in Madrid. Mr. Zeller has frequently performed the role of Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata in opera and concert venues that include Hamburgische Staatsoper, San Diego Opera, Scottish Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Rotterdam and Dublin Opera. Other Verdi baritone roles include Amonasro in Aida with Portland Opera and Florida Philharmonic; the title role in Rigoletto with New York City Opera; and Count di Luna in Il Trovatore with both San Diego Opera and Scottish Opera.
Richard Zeller's recordings include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for Centaur Records, and Virgil Thompson's Lord Byron and Aaron Copland's The Tender Land for Koch International.