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.

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 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. 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.



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