Thomas  Richards

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.