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Richard Zeller

Richard Zeller


Baritone

American baritone Richard Zeller has consistently received high acclaim. For his portrayal of Scarpia, the Calgary Herald wrote “His performance was entirely authentic and wholly dominating”, and commended his “flawless vocal mastery.” A frequent performer on concert stages, Oregon Music News praised him as “a commanding presence housing a brilliant vocal instrument.”

In the 2018-19 season, Richard Zeller is soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Oregon Symphony. He will appear in a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Brahms’s Ein Deutches Requiem with Orchestra Iowa, and singing the title role in Falstaff with West Bay Opera. Recently he sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Since making his Metropolitan Opera debut, he has appeared with the Met in such roles as Marcello in La bohème, Ernesto in Il Pirata, Eddie in A View from the Bridge, Coroebus in Les Troyens, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. His other opera appearances include Germont in La Traviata with Scottish Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Portland Opera, and San Diego Opera; productions of Boris Godunov and Andrea Chénier with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Athanaël in Thaïs with English National Opera at the Barbican in London; and in the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera de Bordeaux, Opera de Vichy and Portland Opera.

Concert appearances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra; Les Troyens with the Boston Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Diego and Oregon symphonies; and appearances with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis.

His international orchestra credits include appearances with the Toronto and Montreal symphonies; the Winnipeg and Ottawa symphony orchestras; the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk (Hanover); MDR Symphony Orchester (Leipzig); Dresden Staatskapelle; Czech, Tokyo, Korea, and Rotterdam philharmonics; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway); Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; and Prague Beethoven Festival; as well as a performance for the Spanish Royal Family in Madrid with conductor Helmuth Rilling.

Richard Zeller’s recordings include the critically acclaimed Merry Mountby Howard Hanson, and Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbettson, both with Naxos, and the world premiere of Henri Lazarof’s Fifth Symphony on Centaur Records, all recorded with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded Dvorák’s Te Deum, with Zdenek Macal and the New Jersey Symphony, for the Delos label; David Schiff’s Gimpel the Fool for Naxos; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Centaur Records; and Virgil Thompson’s Lord Byron and Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land for Koch International.

Spring for Music, a Festival of Orchestras, Plays Carnegie Hall

“Richard Zeller and Sara Jakubiak sang the lead roles ardently and effectively.”

– James R. Oestreich, The New York TimesRelated Link

Rochester Philharmonic/Merry Mount, Carnegie Hall, New York

“The cast was dominated by the robust baritone Richard Zeller.”

– Martin Bernheimer, Financial TimesRelated Link

Hanson’s neglected “Merry Mount” receives a thrilling performance from Christie, Rochester Philharmonic

“Richard Zeller, who sang Bradford in the 1996 Seattle concerts … gave a heartfelt performance in this taxing role, and his words came through with clarity.”

– Eric Myers, New York Classical ReviewRelated Link

CPO’s performance of Tosca a welcome addition to city’s operatic landscape

“But certainly the greatest anticipated highlight of the night was Richard Zeller’s demonically lustful Scarpia, and his performance was entirely authentic and wholly dominating. Whether singing poisonous sweet tones of his feigned attraction for Tosca in Act I, or his tortuous cruelty and barbarous domination of her in the second act through unremitting brutality to Cavaradossi, Zeller’s venomous acting and flawless vocal mastery had me entirely convinced all night.”

– Stephan Bonfield, Calgary HeraldRelated Link

 

Taylor: Peter Ibbetson – Naxos | Released 07/28/2009


 

Schiff: Gimpel the Fool – Naxos | Released 05/29/2007


 

Howard Hanson: Merry Mount – Naxos | Released 05/29/2007


 

Dvorák: Te Deum, Psalm 149, In Nature’s Realm, Overtures – Delos Records | Released 07/08/2003


Orchestral

  • Bach 
    Cantatas BWV 56 and 82
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B Minor
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Beethoven 
    Mass in C
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Bloch 
    Sacred Service

    Berlioz 
    L’Enfance du Christ
    Romeo et Juliette

    Brahms 
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Britten 
    Cantata Misericordium
    War Requiem

    Bruckner 
    Te Deum

    Dvorák 
    Te Deum

    Fauré 
    Requiem

    Handel 
    Acis and Galatea
    Judas Maccabeus
    Messiah

    Haydn 
    Lord Nelson Mass
    The Creation
    The Seasons
    Paukenmesse

    Janácek 
    Glagolitic Mass

    Mahler 
    Cantata on the Death of the Emperor Joseph II
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Symphony No. 8

    Mendelssohn 
    Elijah
    St. Paul

    Mozart 
    Mass in C Minor
    Requiem

    Rossini 
    Stabat Mater

    Schoenberg 
    Gurrelieder

    Schubert 
    Manfred

    Schumann 
    Paradise and Peri

    Stravinsky 
    Canticum Sacrum

    Vaughan Williams 
    A Sea Symphony
    Five Mystical Songs

    Walton 
    Belshazzar’s Feast

    Weill 
    The Seven Deadly Sins

Opera

  • Beethoven
    Fidelio (Don Fernando)

    Bizet 
    Carmen (Escamillo)
    The Pearl Fishers (Zurga)

    Britten 
    The Rape of Lucretia (Junius, Collatinus)

    Debussy 
    Pelléas et Mélisande (Golaud)

    Donizetti 
    Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale, Malatesta)
    L’Elisir d’Amore (Belcore)
    Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)

    Giordano 
    Andrea Chénier (Gerard, Roucher)

    Gluck
    Alceste (High Priest, Hercules)
    Iphigenie en Tauride (Thomas)

    Gounod 
    Faust (Valentin)

    Leoncavallo 
    I Pagliacci (Silvio)

    Mascagni 
    Il Piccolo Marat (Il Carpentiere)

    Moore 
    Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace)

    Mozart 
    Così Fan Tutte (Guglielmo)
    Die Zauberflöte (Papageno, The Speaker)
    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro, Count Almaviva)

    Mussorgsky 
    Boris Godunov (Rangoni, Schelkalov)

    Offenbach 
    Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Four Villains)

    Puccini 
    La Bohème (Marcello, Shaunard)
    Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
    Tosca (Scarpia)
    Turandot (Ping)

    Rossini 
    La Cenerentola (Dandini, Alidoro)
    L’Italiana in Algeri (Taddeo)

    Saint-Saëns 
    Samson et Dalila (High Priest)

    Stravinsky 
    The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

    Verdi 
    Aida (Amonasro)
    Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
    Ernani (Don Carlo)
    Falstaff (Falstaff)
    Il Trovatore (Count di Luna)
    La Traviata (Germont)
    Macbeth (Macbeth)
    Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
    Simon Boccanegra (Simon Boccanegra)
    Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato)

    Wagner 
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kothner)
    Tannhäuser (Wolfram)

Orchestral

  • Bach 
    Cantatas BWV 56 and 82
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B Minor
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Beethoven 
    Mass in C
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Bloch 
    Sacred Service

    Berlioz 
    L’Enfance du Christ
    Romeo et Juliette

    Brahms 
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Britten 
    Cantata Misericordium
    War Requiem

    Bruckner 
    Te Deum

    Dvorák 
    Te Deum

    Fauré 
    Requiem

    Handel 
    Acis and Galatea
    Judas Maccabeus
    Messiah

    Haydn 
    Lord Nelson Mass
    The Creation
    The Seasons
    Paukenmesse

    Janácek 
    Glagolitic Mass

    Mahler 
    Cantata on the Death of the Emperor Joseph II
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Symphony No. 8

    Mendelssohn 
    Elijah
    St. Paul

    Mozart 
    Mass in C Minor
    Requiem

    Rossini 
    Stabat Mater

    Schoenberg 
    Gurrelieder

    Schubert 
    Manfred

    Schumann 
    Paradise and Peri

    Stravinsky 
    Canticum Sacrum

    Vaughan Williams 
    A Sea Symphony
    Five Mystical Songs

    Walton 
    Belshazzar’s Feast

    Weill 
    The Seven Deadly Sins

Opera

  • Beethoven
    Fidelio (Don Fernando)

    Bizet 
    Carmen (Escamillo)
    The Pearl Fishers (Zurga)

    Britten 
    The Rape of Lucretia (Junius, Collatinus)

    Debussy 
    Pelléas et Mélisande (Golaud)

    Donizetti 
    Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale, Malatesta)
    L’Elisir d’Amore (Belcore)
    Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)

    Giordano 
    Andrea Chénier (Gerard, Roucher)

    Gluck
    Alceste (High Priest, Hercules)
    Iphigenie en Tauride (Thomas)

    Gounod 
    Faust (Valentin)

    Leoncavallo 
    I Pagliacci (Silvio)

    Mascagni 
    Il Piccolo Marat (Il Carpentiere)

    Moore 
    Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace)

    Mozart 
    Così Fan Tutte (Guglielmo)
    Die Zauberflöte (Papageno, The Speaker)
    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro, Count Almaviva)

    Mussorgsky 
    Boris Godunov (Rangoni, Schelkalov)

    Offenbach 
    Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Four Villains)

    Puccini 
    La Bohème (Marcello, Shaunard)
    Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
    Tosca (Scarpia)
    Turandot (Ping)

    Rossini 
    La Cenerentola (Dandini, Alidoro)
    L’Italiana in Algeri (Taddeo)

    Saint-Saëns 
    Samson et Dalila (High Priest)

    Stravinsky 
    The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

    Verdi 
    Aida (Amonasro)
    Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
    Ernani (Don Carlo)
    Falstaff (Falstaff)
    Il Trovatore (Count di Luna)
    La Traviata (Germont)
    Macbeth (Macbeth)
    Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
    Simon Boccanegra (Simon Boccanegra)
    Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato)

    Wagner 
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kothner)
    Tannhäuser (Wolfram)

Audio

Bloch: Sacred Service – Adonoy, Adonoy

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem – Siehe, Ich Sage Euch Geheimnis

Orff: Carmina Burana – Dies Nox et Omnia

Verdi: Requiem – Confutatis

Mendelssohn: Elijah – Lord God of Abraham

Mendelssohn: Elijah – It is Enough

Documents

Short Biography

American baritone Richard Zeller has consistently received high acclaim. For his portrayal of Scarpia, the Calgary Herald wrote “His performance was entirely authentic and wholly dominating”, and commended his “flawless vocal mastery.” A frequent performer on concert stages, Oregon Music News praised him as “a commanding presence housing a brilliant vocal instrument.”

In the 2017-18 season Richard Zeller is soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Recently he sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Full Biography

American baritone Richard Zeller has consistently received high acclaim. For his portrayal of Scarpia, the Calgary Herald wrote “His performance was entirely authentic and wholly dominating”, and commended his “flawless vocal mastery.” A frequent performer on concert stages, Oregon Music News praised him as “a commanding presence housing a brilliant vocal instrument.”

In the 2018-19 season, Richard Zeller is soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Oregon Symphony. He will appear in a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Brahms’s Ein Deutches Requiem with Orchestra Iowa, and singing the title role in Falstaff with West Bay Opera. Recently he sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Since making his Metropolitan Opera debut, he has appeared with the Met in such roles as Marcello in La bohème, Ernesto in Il Pirata, Eddie in A View from the Bridge, Coroebus in Les Troyens, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. His other opera appearances include Germont in La Traviata with Scottish Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Portland Opera, and San Diego Opera; productions of Boris Godunov and Andrea Chénier with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Athanaël in Thaïs with English National Opera at the Barbican in London; and in the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera de Bordeaux, Opera de Vichy and Portland Opera.

Concert appearances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra; Les Troyens with the Boston Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Diego and Oregon symphonies; and appearances with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis.

His international orchestra credits include appearances with the Toronto and Montreal symphonies; the Winnipeg and Ottawa symphony orchestras; the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk (Hanover); MDR Symphony Orchester (Leipzig); Dresden Staatskapelle; Czech, Tokyo, Korea, and Rotterdam philharmonics; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway); Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; and Prague Beethoven Festival; as well as a performance for the Spanish Royal Family in Madrid with conductor Helmuth Rilling.

Richard Zeller’s recordings include the critically acclaimed Merry Mountby Howard Hanson, and Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbettson, both with Naxos, and the world premiere of Henri Lazarof’s Fifth Symphony on Centaur Records, all recorded with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded Dvorák’s Te Deum, with Zdenek Macal and the New Jersey Symphony, for the Delos label; David Schiff’s Gimpel the Fool for Naxos; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Centaur Records; and Virgil Thompson’s Lord Byron and Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land for Koch International.