Bernard Richter

Born in Switzerland, Bernard Richter is one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation. After studying singing in his hometown, he moved to the Biel Opera Studio and launched his international career. Since then he has appeared at the most important opera houses and festivals in the most important roles in his field. His recent successes include Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Tokyo, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at La Scala in Milan, his debut at the Royal Opera House in London in the role of Tamino (The Magic Flute) and a new production of Ariodante at Moscow's Bolshoi, in which he took on the role of Lurciano. Other highlights of his career include Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, engagements as Belfiore (La finta Giardiniera), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and in the title roles of Idomeneo and Schubert's Fierrabras at La Scala, Milan. He was invited to sing Idomeneo at the Vienna State Opera and made his debut at the Teatro Real Madrid in the title role of La clemenza di Tito. One of the most important roles in his repertoire is Pelléas. Bernard Richter has performed this role at the Vienna State Opera, the Teatr Wielki Warsaw, the Opéra de Lyon and with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has also sung Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Hylas (Les Troyens), Don Ottavio, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Froh (Das Rheingold), which he sang at the Opéra National de Paris, Tamino at the Salzburg Festival, Jaquino (Fidelio) at the Verbier Festival, Don Ottavio and Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des carmélites) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Castor (Castor et Pollux) with the Pygmalion Ensemble, Des Grieux (Manon) and Camille de Rossillon (The Merry Widow) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Titus at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Orphée (Orphée aux Enfers) at the Opéra de Lausanne as well as Alphonse de Monza in Ferdinand Hérold's Zampa and in the title role in Lully's Atys with Les Arts Florissants at the Paris Opéra-Comique. Bernard Richter is also a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien, where he has appeared in roles such as Erik (Der fliegende Holländer, released on DVD), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Don Ottavio, Medoro (Orlando Paladino) and Ecclitico (Il mondo della luna). At the Théâtre du Châtelet he took on the roles of Paris (La Belle Hélène) and Fritz (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), Don Ottavio and the title role in Johann Christian Bach's Lucio Silla he sang at the Zurich Opera House, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the title roles in Mozart's Idomeneo, Lucio Silla and Mitridate at the Freiburg Theatre. In addition to his work on the great opera stages, Bernard Richter is also a sought-after concert singer. Highlights of the 2022/23 season include a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites at the Vienna State Opera as well as various concerts under the direction of Daniele Gatti in Rome and Turin. In spring 2024 he will be on stage at the Hamburg State Opera in a new production of La clemenza di Tito in the title role.