Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles at opera houses and concert halls around the world, among them Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Sydney Opera, Beijing, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Petruzelli, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, L’Opéra Comique in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Toulouse. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence have set him apart. Mr. Troxell’s star turn as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Frederic Mitterand’s critically acclaimed film Madame Butterfly, received high praise from both film and music critics alike following its Paris and New York premieres. The New York Times called his performance “the most dramatically satisfying vocal characterization” in the film. Recent highlights the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at 8 with Minnesota Opera in 2017, Don Jose in Carmen with Vancouver Opera and Calgary Opera, Pinkerton with Opera Tampa and joining the cast of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera covering the four servants. Other recent appearances include Romeo with the Palm Beach Opera, his Italian debut as Don Jose at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with L’opera de Montreal, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Australia, Don Jose in Beijing with NCPA, Rodolfo in La Boheme with Opera Colorado, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Hamilton, Don Jose at the Castleton Festival with Maestro Maazel, the title role in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Cincinnati Opera and Portland Opera and the Doctor in Anna Nichole with new York City Opera. Richard has made frequent guest appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and currently he is a regular guest artist on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Troxell’s recent oratorio and orchestral performances include his St. Louis Symphony debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Haydn’s The Creation and Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Handel’s Messiah, among others. He also sang holiday favorites in an appearance with the Madison Symphony, a Cole Porter concert with the Naples Philharmonic, and An Evening of Loesser and Loewe with conductor Erich Kunzell and the Cincinnati Pops. Other notable engagements include the role of Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac (recently released on DVD) with Roberto Alagna at the Festival de Radio France de Montpellier, the title role of Zampa at L’Opéra Comique, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Los Angeles Opera and Montreal Opera, Hoffmann in Warsaw and the Minnesota Opera, Romeo et Juliette in Seville, Marta Domingo’s production of La rondine broadcast on PBS and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, both for Washington Opera. He has sung the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann and Alfredo in La traviata for the Houston Grand Opera, Piquillo in La Périchole with Denyce Graves for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the title role in Faust with Boston Lyric Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus. In 2002, the tenor added to his repertoire the demanding title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg at a concert performance with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall.
Recent appearances include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Traviata, Otello, and Katya Kabanova. a debut at the Bard Music Festival in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, Oculus in the world premiere of the opera Artemisia at Trinity Church in Manhattan, Butterfly at Knoxville Opera, and his debut in the role of Danilo in The Merry Widow in Hong Kong. Richard also recently performed Pinkerton in Vancouver, returned to the Met for Lulu, Rigoletto Ades’ Exterminating Angel, and Die Fledermaus, performed Neruda in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga and the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Nashville Opera, Renato di Rossi in Richard Rodgers’ Do I hear a Waltz at City Center – part of the City Center Encores series, William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera, Candide with the Santa Fe Opera, and his debut with Chicago Opera Theatre for the world premiere of Elizabeth Cree. This season he performs Danilo in The Merry Widow with Charlottesville Opera.