Richard Zeller

Baritone

Appears on: Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration

Richard Zeller last appeared with the Oregon Symphony on December 30 & 31, 2017, when he performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with conductor Norman Huynh.

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.”

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; and appearances with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis.

Richard Zeller’s recordings include the critically acclaimed Merry Mount by 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.