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Bernard Richter

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Bernard Richter is one of the leading tenors of his generation. He recently celebrated a great success as Luriciano (Ariodante) at the Bolshoi in Moscow, where he will be heard again in the revival in the 2021/22 season. Other future projects include his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at La Scala in Milan and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Tokyo.


Last season he appeared as Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam.  Unfortunately his Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) at La Scala in Milan, Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Cologne Opera, as well as his performances at the Wiener Festwochen and his debut at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg had to be cancelled due to the Corona crisis.


He has previously appeared at La Scala in Milan as Belfiore (La finta Giardiniera), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and in the title roles in Idomeneo and Schubert’s Fierrabras. He also made a guest appearance as Idomeneo at the Vienna State Opera. Bernard Richter is a regular guest at the most notable international opera houses and festivals, where he can be heard in the most important roles in his field. He made his debut at the Teatro Real Madrid in the title role in La clemenza di Tito and  sung the role of Pelléas at the Vienna State Opera, the Teatr Wielki Warsaw, the Opéra de Lyon and with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has also sung Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Hylas (Les Troyens), Don Ottavio, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Froh (Das Rheingold) at the Opéra National de Paris, Tamino at the Salzburg Festival, Jaquino (Fidelio) at the Verbier Festival, Don Ottavio and Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des carmélites) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Castor (Castor et Pollux) with the Pygmalion Ensemble, Des Grieux (Manon) and Camille de Rossillon (The Merry Widow) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Titus at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Orphée (Orphée aux Enfers) at the Opéra de Lausanne as well as Alphonse de Monza in Ferdinand Hérold’s Zampa and in the title role in Lully’s Atys with Les Arts Florissants at the Paris Opéra-Comique. Bernard Richter is also a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien, where he has appeared in roles such as Erik (Der fliegende Holländer, released on DVD), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Don Ottavio, Medoro (Orlando Paladino) and Ecclitico (Il mondo della luna, released on DVD). He also sang Paris (La Belle Hélène) and Fritz (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein) at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Don Ottavio and the title role in Johann Christian Bach’s Lucio Silla at the Zurich Opera House, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the title roles in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Lucio Silla and Mitridate at the Freiburg Theatre.


Bernard Richter is also a renowned concert singer. Most recently he performed Beethoven’s C major Mass in Madrid conducted by William Christie and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in St. Petersburg conducted by Teodor Currentzis. Other past concert engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Philippe Jordan, The Creation at the Verbier Festival and Don Ottavio with the NHK Orchestra under Paavo Järvi in Tokyo. He has also performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Les Musiciens du Louvre at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai and Severiges Radios Symfoniorkester in Stockholm, and has appeared on concert stages such as the Salle Gaveau de Paris, Tonhalle Zurich, Styriarte Graz, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Konzerthaus Vienna. With the Budapest Festival Orchestra he has appeared as Tamino and sang in Mozart’s Requiem in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges and Baden-Baden.


He regularly works with the most important conductors of our time, including Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding, William Christie, Adam Fischer, Kent Nagano, Marc Minkowski, Jeffrey Tate, Ivor Bolton, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Sylvain Cambreling, Asher Fisch, Peter Schneider, Iván Fischer and Raphaël Pichon, as well as with directors such as Laurent Pelly, Christof Loy, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Keith Warner, Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau, Jean-Marie Villégier, Christophe Honoré, Zabou Breitman and Kasper Holten.


Bernard Richter was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and studied singing in his hometown before moving to the Biel Opera Studio. 

September 2021 – For a most up-to-date version of the biography please contact Florian Schadhauser.