Praised for his “resonant, full-voiced basso” by Opera News, 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, Mr. Lugo has since been involved in multiple productions with the company including Shostakovich’s The Nose, Pelléas et Mélisande, 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, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Gambler, Die Zauberflöte and Salome. In recent seasons, Mr. Lugo has joined Detroit Opera 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, and Sacristan in Tosca with Arizona Opera.
Mr. Lugo begins his 2022-2023 season in a return to Virginia Opera as Hunding in Die Walküre. He then brings his celebrated Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro to Pittsburgh Opera and reprises his Simone in Gianni Schicchi at Hawaii Opera Theater.