Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Bahr Fellow
Bass-baritone (United States)
HGO Appearances: Herald in Otello, Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly, and Priest/Man in Armor in The Magic Flute. Previously: Count Ceprano in Rigoletto (2014). First prize in HGO’s 2013 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. HGO Studio Artist (2013-15).
About the Artist: A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Thomas
Richards was named a winner of the 2013 Grand Finals of the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He earned his master
of music degree at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His roles with CCM Opera
include Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Leporello
in Don Giovanni, Father Trulove in The Rake's
Progress, and Frank Maurrant in Street Scene.
Recently, he performed Colline in La bohème at the
Central City Opera Festival and sang Bartolo in The Marriage of
Figaro with the Merola Opera Program. For the 2014
Glimmerglass Festival, he performed The Bonze in Madame
Butterfly, Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Orville
Mason in An American Tragedy. This coming March, he will
perform with Gotham Chamber Opera in the world premiere of The
Tempest Songbook, comprising incidental music for The
Tempest attributed to Purcell along with Kaija Saariaho's
2004 Tempest Songbook. This summer, he will sing the title
role in The Marriage of Figaro at Wolf Trap Opera.