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Richard Cross

Singer details:

Voice: Bass-baritone
Year of Birth: 1935

About Richard Cross:

Richard Cross (born December 7, 1935, Faribault, Minnesota) is an American bass-baritone who had an active international opera career from the late 1950s through the 1990s. Possessing a rich and warm voice, Cross sang a broad repertoire that encompassed works from a wide variety of musical periods and styles. He currently teaches on the voice faculties of the Yale School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Cross studied singing at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1957. He made his professional opera debut in 1958 at the first Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy in the world premiere of Lee Hoiby's The Scarf. Impressed by his performance, composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who ran the Spoleto festival, invited Cross to portray the role of Donato in his new opera Maria Golovin. Cross agreed, and portrayed the role both in its premiere at the Brussels World's Fair in August 1958 and when it premiered in the United States on Broadway in November 1958 at the Martin Beck Theatre under the umbrella of the NBC Opera Theatre. For his portrayal, Cross won a Theatre World Award. In 1959 he sang the role of Donato again with the New York City Opera and toured North America with NBC Opera Theatre.

Between 1960-1965 Cross sang with numerous opera companies throughout the United States, including the Baltimore Opera Company and the Houston Grand Opera among others. On November 24, 1961 he made his debut with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company portraying Heinrich der Vogler in Richard Wagner's Lohengrin with Richard Cassilly in the title role and Eleanor Steber as Elsa at the Academy of Music. He returned to Philadelphia several more times to sing Sparafucile in Rigoletto (1962), Hunding in Die Walküre (1963, 1965), Méphistophélès in Faust (1965), and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor (1965). In 1963 he made his San Francisco Opera debut portraying Count Rodolfo in Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula with Joan Sutherland as Amina. That same year he recorded the role of King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors both for television and in the recording studio for album release with the NBC Opera Theatre. In 1964 he performed and recorded the role of Oroveso in Bellini's Norma with Joan Sutherland in the title role, Marilyn Horne as Adalgisa, John Alexander as Pollione, conductor Richard Bonynge, and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1965 he portrayed Father Barré in the American premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's The Devils of Loudun at the Santa Fe Opera. In 1966 he joined the roster at the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt in Germany where he sang roles regularly through 1979.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
2Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
3Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
4Ite sul colle. O Druidi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
5Norma deh Norma scolpati Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Pollione
6Gia mi pasco ne tuoi sguardi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione
7Dammi quel ferro Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
8Ne compi il rito o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Pollione
9Guerrieri a voi venirne Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
10Squilla il bronzo del Dio Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
11Sediziose voci di guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
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