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Bernstein, Richard Bass-Baritone
A 2008 Grammy-nominated artist, Richard Bernstein is at the forefront of singers of his generation. Acclaimed for the resonant beauty of his voice and consummate stage abilities, his magnetic bass-baritone garners praise from critics and audiences alike. He has performed his signature role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro worldwide with the opera companies of Philadelphia, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Portland, Palm Beach, as well as the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Pacific, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, among others.

Throughout the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Bernstein returns to the Metropolitan Opera for his 14th consecutive, where he has appeared in nearly 200 performances and 41 broadcasts since his debut in 1995. Productions next season include Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Zuniga in Carmen, as well as the company’s productions of The Magic Flute, Tosca, Hamlet, House of the Dead, Armida, Ariadne auf Naxos and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Last season, 2008-2009, Mr. Bernstein performed Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Atlanta Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Central City Opera, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra in his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Mo. James Levine, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Salome, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Das Rheingold, Siegfreid and Eugene Onegin and the MET’s 125th Anniversary Gala. In addition, Mr. Bernstein was honored to be requested to perform selections of Figaro and Falstaff at the 1st National Endowment for the Arts Awards Ceremony in October 2008 honoring Leontyne Price, James Levine, Richard Gaddes and Carlylse Floyd.

In the recent 2007-2008 season, Mr. Bernstein reprised the role of Marco in A View from the Bridge with the Washington National Opera, a role he has previously performed at the MET. Opera News said, “Richard Bernstein's solid vocalism and astute theatrical skills brought out the simmering resentment of Rodolfo's moody brother, Marco.” Completing the season at the Metropolitan Opera, he covered Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and performed their productions of Manon Lescaut, War and Peace, Macbeth, The Gambler, and Lord Krishna in Satyagraha. In the summer 2008, he performed Frank Maurent in Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera.

In the 2006-2007 season, Mr. Bernstein performed alternating nights as Colline in La Bohème and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and he debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the San Diego Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera in Simon Boccanegra and Eugene Onegin, and made his debut in Pamplona, Spain as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In concert, Mr. Bernstein performed the Bass Soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte Symphony, and Colline in La Bohème with the MET Opera in the Parks. Other recent noted engagements include his role debut of Orville Mason in the World Premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy and Colline in La Bohème with the Metropolitan Opera, Laurent in Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin at the world premiere in Dallas, Sancho Panza in Don Quichotte at the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna, and a return to Opera Pacific to revive his critically praised Mustafà in L'italiana in Algeri. He has performed Leporello in Don Giovanni at the opera companies of Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Metropolitan Opera, and Savonlinna Festival in Finland.

On DVD, Mr. Bernstein appears on EMI’s recent releases of the MET’s Manon Lescaut (Captain) and Eugene Onegin (Zaretski), which was nominated in 2008 for the Best Opera Recording in the 51st Grammy Awards. He can also be heard on the recording of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin as Laurent on Chandos Records.

Additionally, Mr. Bernstein has collaborated with a host of major American symphony orchestras and has also appeared at prestigious festivals here and abroad. These include the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and National Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, as well as at the Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Spoleto and the Aspen Music Festivals, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and festivals abroad in Israel, Japan, Germany and Finland.

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Bernstein moved west to pursue his musical studies at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation he was invited to join the Los Angeles Opera Resident Artist program for five seasons.

This past June, Bass-Baritone Richard Bernstein returned to Central City Opera for his role debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in a new production by Catherine Malfitano and under the baton of maestro John Baril. Richard closed this run of performances on August 2, 2009 with a total of 13 performances of the role.

The Daily Camera proclaims "one of America’s most versatile and gifted bass-baritones, Richard Bernstein…As the black-clad — and black-hearted — confessor Raimondo, he — Bible in hand — makes the corruption of the church palpable. And he does this with a composed reserve that moves the figure beyond caricature." - Wes Blomster, Daily Camera

"Richard Bernstein is appropriately stiff, he's a Scottish Presbyterian chaplain after all, and one who is torn between his duties as spiritual guide and family retainer. His delivery of the stirring melody of his aria, "Al ben de'tuoi qual vittima" was as strong as any I've heard (and I've heard Ramey, Plishka, Raimondi and countless others." - Starry Vere, TOPIX

"Bass-baritone Richard Bernstein…as the misguided chaplain, Raimondo…possesses an appealing bass-baritone voice with a big, resonant lower register that fits this role well."
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

Opéra et Concert:
Atelier Musicale: www.ateliermusicale.com
Bernard Uzan, Pinnacle Arts Management: Uzan Division: vuzan@pinnaclearts.com

Buffs Performance(s): 10/29/89; 2/10/90; 11/19/91; 5/19/92; 6/28/98; 6/28/08
Grants awarded: Thérèse Raquin (Tobias Picker)
How do I love thee (John Axelrod)
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
Website: www.richardbernstein.com

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