Richard Wiegold

Richard Wiegold

Praised by the Opera News for his “cavernous bass and palpable acting,” Welsh bass Richard Wiegold has an active career both in North America and in Europe.  His recent performances include Fasolt Das Rheingold with Opera North Carolina, Commendatore DON GIOVANNI for Utah Opera and Lo Zio Bonze MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Welsh National Opera.  Last season, he sang Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Bartolo LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Welsh National Opera, Commendatore DON GIOVANNI with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the First Apprentice WOZZECK with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw, and Pater Profundus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Norwich Philharmonic Society. He recently made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Reinmar von Zweter TANNHAUSER, joined North Carolina Opera as König Marke TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in concert, and sang Veit Porner DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG with Saffron Opera Group.

Mr. Wiegold’s other recent performances include his first performances of Gurnemanz PARSIFAL with Estonian National Opera, Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLOETE with Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, Melchtal and Walther GUILLAUME TELL with Welsh National Opera, König Marke TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with Prague State Opera; both Arkel PELLEAS ET MELISANDE and Commendatore DON GIOVANNI for Canadian Opera Company; the First Nazarene, Second Soldier, and Fifth Jew SALOME with Gergiev conducting at the Verbier Festival; and further performances of the Fifth Jew SALOME at the Salzburg Easter Festival as well as with the Berliner Philharmoiker with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. He has sung L’homme à la Fenêtre, le Vieux, and le Mendiant Aveugle in Martinů’s JULIETTE at the Grand Théâtre de Genève; Reinmar von Zweter TANNHAUSER and Stefano Colonna RIENZI with the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse; Monterone in RIGOLETTO with Opéra de Limoges; Pfarrer and Dachs DAS SCHLAUE FUECHSLEIN at the Wiener Kammeroper; Banquo MACBETH with Palm Beach Opera; Timur TURANDOT with Utah Opera; Pistola in FALSTAFF with Lyrique-en-Mer/Festival de Belle; and Commendatore DON GIOVANNI in his American debut with Opera Colorado.
Mr. Wiegold is a frequent presence at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, where he has sung Hans Schwarz DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG and Doctor Grenvil LA TRAVIATA (for which the commercial DVD was a Grammy nomination), as well as the for the company’s productions of TRISTAND UND ISOLDE and MANON. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, he has joined Welsh National Opera for Vairochana in Jonathan Harvey’s WAGNER DREAM and Ein Priester MOSES UND ARON; the Hallé Orchestra as Veit Pogner in excerpts of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG; Dorset Opera as Daland DIE FLIEGENDE HOLLAENDER; Lyric Opera Productions in Dublin for Vodnik RUSALKA; Scottish Opera for Bonze MADAMA BUTTERFLY and its production of DIE WALKUERE; Music Theatre Wales for the Green Knight in Plowman’s GWYNETH AND THE GREEN NIGHT at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theater and with Music Theater Wales; Chelsea Opera Group for Rocco FIDELIO; King Louis VI EURYANTHE, the Polish Officer and Russian Commander in Glinka’s LIFE FOR A TSAR, and il marchese di Calatrava LA FORZA DEL DESTINO; Longborough Festival Opera and Nevill Holt Opera for Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLOETE; and Burry Port Opera for Ferrando IL TROVATORE. He has sung the Grand Inquisitor DON CARLOS with Stowe Opera, Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN at Lakeland Opera, Fasolt DAS RHEINGOLD as a guest artist at Napier University, Talbot GIOVANNA D’ARCO and Snug A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with English Touring Opera, the Priest and Badger THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN at the Oundle Festival, Mustafa L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI at the Mananan International Festival. His performances of the Second Mercenary in Weinberger’s SVANDA DUKAK at the Wexford Festival have been released on the Naxos label. He has previously joined Glyndeborne Festival Opera for its premiere of Eötvös’ LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS as well as its production of ALBERT HERRING. He made his professional debut as the Gardener UN GIORNO DI REGNO at the 2001 Buxton Festival.

On the concert platform, Mr. Wiegold has sung Jimmy in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, L’Ours in Milhaud’s Les malheurs d’Orphée, and narrated Walton’s Façade with Jan Latham Koenig conducting the Orquesta Filharmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City. He made his Asian debut with the Macao Orchestra singing Schubert’s Mass No. 5 and has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic at Royal Albert Hall; Mozart’s Requiem with Sinfornia Viva; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Oxford Harmonic Society; Death in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Hallé Orchestra in staged performances for the opening of the Imperial War Museum North; Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Grimethorpe Band, Schönberg‘s Serenade as a guest artist at the Royal Northern College of Music, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf as a guest artist at Manchester University. In the realm of contemporary music, he has premiered Mervyn Burtch’s song cycle Light and Dark at the Lower Machen Festival in addition to singing Mervyn Burtch’s Ozymandias and Panos Demopoulos’ Three Songs for Bass. His performance in Sullivan’s The Light of the World at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is available on the NFMS label.

Born in South Wales, Richard Wiegold trained at the Royal Northern Conservatory of Music.

European Management ex. Israel 

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