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 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.


Last season saw his return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Tosca and Pelléas et Mélisande as well as singing the Sacristan in Tosca with Opera de Puerto Rico, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. The 2019-2020 season includes the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theatre, Beethoven’s Mass with the Phoenix Symphony, Il Pedone in La Wally with Sarasota Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Tosca.

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Ricardo Lugo


"the production was brimming with excellent performances . . . Seasoned veteran bass-baritone Matthew Burns brought comedic and vocal flexibility to the workhorse Leporello. . . Ricardo Lugo lent his huge, round bass sound to the ghostly Commendatore."

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"Ricardo Lugo’s huge bass perfectly fits Timur, the blind, banished king of Tartary and Calaf’s long-lost father." -The Virginian-Pilot

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"Rounding out the quartet of principals, Ricardo Lugo was excellent in the small but important role of Timur, Calàf’...


"Baritone Daniel Belcher gave radiant voice to the hardy Father Palmer, ardently dedicated to his men if not to war. . . Lugo’s unyielding bass gave the disapproving French general a granite edge." -Opera News

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"In the large cast of supporting roles, bass Ricardo Lugo and bass-baritone Carsten Wittmoser stood out for their mellifluous tone and elegant phrasing." -Opera News

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"Bass Ricardo Lugo (above), as the opposing general, made a vibrant impression with his imposing voice and intrinsic sense of the drama. He was an excellent foil for Mr. Albert, and, between these two powerhouse voices, they kept our focus on the work keenly secured."...

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