“Troxell gave a stunning performance as the music hall great, bringing Leno to vividly characterized life. Troxell completely embodied the character of the theatrical ham with a heart of gold. Troxell also sang superbly throughout, bringing a touching expression to his melancholy aria ‘O woeful world.’”
– Elizabeth Cree, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Classical Review
Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has thrilled audiences at opera houses and concert halls around the world, among them Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Sydney Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Petruzelli, L’Opéra Comique in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Toulouse. 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.
His most recent engagements included the premiere of The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Danilo in the Merry Widow with Charlottesville Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, the world-premieres of Lavinia & Anna Komnene at Lincoln Center, the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera, Danilo for Musica Viva Hong Kong, Graf in Die Tote Stadt and the Judge in Das Wunder der Helaine for the Bard Festival, Dan Leo in Elizabeth Cree for Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Governor in Candide for Santa Fe Opera. This season Richard joins the Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Hours.
His Metropolitan Opera debut was Borsa in Rigoletto. He has joined the MET for Lulu, Exterminating Angel, Otello and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Notable performances include Don José in Carmen for Vancouver Opera, Columbus Symphony, Teatro Petruzzelli, Opera Australia, and the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Maazel, Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac (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, Les Conte d’Hoffmann for the Teatr Wielki, and the Houston Grand Opera, La Rondine (broadcast on PBS) and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, both for Washington Opera, Des Grieux in Manon with L’opera de Montreal, 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 the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.