RICHARD OLLARSABA

bass-baritone

Mexican-American bass-baritone, Richard Ollarsaba, praised by The Washington Post for his “meltingly smooth bass-baritone” and for “evoking a young Ruggero Raimondi in looks and manner," represented the USA in the 2019 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, was a member of the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago for three seasons, and a grand finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Last season, he returned to Piedmont Opera for his role debut as Colline in La bohème and North Carolina Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, a role he reprised in his debut with Annapolis Opera. He also debuted with Opera Hong Kong in the title of role of Don Giovanni and Bar Harbor Music Festival as Escamillo in Carmen. The 2019-2020 season sees a reprise of his Escamillo in Carmen with Kentucky Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Pulcinella with The Dallas Opera, and his anticipated debut with New Zealand Opera.

 

In recent seasons Mr. Ollarsaba returned to Minnesota Opera in the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, debuted with Virginia Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor as Raimondo, performed the role of Pistola in Falstaff, both in his debut with Opera Omaha and Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and returned to Wolf Trap Opera where he scored a triumph as Asdrubale in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone in addition to performances as Angelotti in Tosca and as Luciano in Musto’s Bastianello. While at the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, his tenure included productions of La Traviata, Capriccio, Anna Bolena, Tosca, The Passenger, Otello, Madama Butterfly,  Parsifal, and the title role in Don Giovanni, stepping into the iconic part with a few hours’ notice. 

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09.26.2019

"Under the baton of Joseph Mechavich, our Louisville Orchestra was true and passionate to the beloved score. . . One of the most memorable occurrences of the evening was the entrance of Richard Ollarsaba’s Escamillo. Donned in a beautiful pin-striped suit, dapper to th...

07.25.2019

"Oh my. Let’s start with Carmen herself, sung with mesmerizing command by mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock. One has to wonder what on earth Babcock would have done with her life if she hadn’t found opera and if Bizet hadn’t written this role for her. She is so perfectly su...

06.07.2019

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JUNE 7, 2019

BASS-BARITONE RICHARD OLLARSABA
TO COMPETE IN THE BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD COMPETITION IN WALES JUNE 16-22 OF 2019.


MAIN PRIZE REPERTOIRE SELECTIONS INCLUDE ARIAS BY ROSSINI, MOZART, BIZET, HÄNDEL, MASSENET AND DONIZETTI. SONG...

05.23.2019

"The evening’s Don Giovanni was Mexican-American Richard Ollarsaba who brought an Iberian flavor to what is, after all, a Spanish part, more a Don Juan than a Don Giovanni. His was a brooding, if mellifluous, presence. He was well-paired with the energetic and comedic...

12.19.2018

"Bass-baritone soloist Richard Ollarsaba was especially impressive, his rich, smooth timbre gently ballooning with the celli and basses at times and crashing stridently among the brass at others." -Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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