With a “resonant” bass sound Puerto Rican bass Ricardo Lugo is a versatile international artist in demand on the operatic and concert scene. Having made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Un Barnabotto in La Gioconda, Ricardo has since been involved in multiple productions with the company including Shostakovich’s The Nose, Otello, Tannhäuser, Tosca, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Ariadne auf Naxos, Khovanshchina, Billy Budd, La fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Macbeth, The Gambler, Die Zauberflöte, and Salome. In recent seasons, Mr. Lugo has joined Michigan Opera Theater as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Timur in Turandot, Alfieri in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Don Fernando in Fidelio, and the French General in Silent Night. Additionally, he has sung Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Memphis, Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Boston Midsummer Opera, the Sacristan in Tosca and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with the Princeton Festival, Wachtmeister/Der Holsteiner in Richard Strauss’ Friedenstag with the America Symphony Orchestra, Timur in Turandot with Virginia Opera, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Arizona Opera.
The 2020-2021 season’s engagements included Oroveso in Norma with Musica Viva Hong Kong as well as cancelled performances of Frida with Opera Southwest, La bohème in Puerto Rico, and Ramfis in Aïda with Pittsburgh Opera. The 2021-2022 season sees his return to Virginia Opera as Fafner in Das Rheingold, Nashville Opera as Fasolt in Das Rheingold, and The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Tosca.