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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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06.28.2018

"Ollarsaba's speech and demeanor made him an imposing pillar of gravitas and authority amidst those hamming it up as though in a silent movie. He spoke lines furthering the plot until unveiling a powerful and attractive voice in the work's only aria, which comes in the...

04.15.2018

"The rich tone and charismatic presence of bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba as Raimondo are strong points as well." -Richmond Times- Dispatch

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"I expected Ms. Gilmore to be excellent, but two of the singers surprised me. . . The other surprise was Richar...

11.30.2017

"Bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba is fantastic as Figaro, servant to the pompous aristocrat Count Almaviva. . . Ollarsaba, who was a swaggering Escamillo in “Carmen” two years ago, has no patience with Almaviva and makes that robustly clear through every scene, especial...

07.11.2017

"As Asdrubale, Richard Ollarsaba used his sizable, creamy bass-baritone to keen effect. He proved an astute comic actor, too, especially in Act I, cavorting in disguise as a turban-topped, snake-cuddling creditor (part of the Count's scheme to see if anyone will stick...

06.26.2017

"The count Asdrubale (Richard Ollarsaba, who did well in “L’Opera Seria” here last year, evoking a young Ruggero Raimondi in looks and manner, with a meltingly smooth bass-baritone) . . . were clearly the people of most substance onstage." -Washington Post

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