Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world for over 25 years. Richard’s career has ranged from the starring role of Pinkerton in Martin Scorcese’s Sony Film of Madame Butterfly to being a recurring guest on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night, to climbing out of the sewers of Seville as Don Jose at the Sydney Opera House in Carmen, to singing the National Anthem for MLB’s ALCS to sharing the stage with opera stars Denyce Graves and Roberto Alagana to costarring on Broadway with the beloved Broadway soprano, Melissa Errico, to singing the role of the dwarf in Zemlinksy’s Der Zwerg at Avery Fisher Hall to directing Eugene Onegin at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
An extremely versatile singer, Richard runs the gamut of musical genres from his recordings of Jazz, Broadway and Opera to performing at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera. He has worked with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Placido Domingo, James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, Georges Pretre, Bertrand de Billy, Emmanuel Villaume, Michel Plasson, Joel Levy, Erich Kunzel, Keith Roberts, Jeff Tyzik, Anton Coppola, Steven Mercurio, and Quest Love and the Roots. Mr. Troxell’s star turn as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in the award-winning Sony film Madame Butterfly, presented by Martin Scorcese, received high praise following its premiere in Paris and the U.S. in 1996. Film critics Siskel and Ebert gave him “two thumbs up” and said of Richard’s performance ”His voice is splendid and his manner assured.” The New York Times deemed his performance “the most dramatically satisfying vocal characterization” in the film. His Pinkerton is one of the most viewed performances of this role.
Richard’s continued success in film is evidenced in two other films. First on the EMI label, Marta Domingo’s production of La Rondine from the Washington Opera which was later broadcast on the PBS series Great Performances and secondly with Deutsche Grammophon label Franco Alfano’s opera Cyrano de Bergerac in which he portrays the handsome officer Christian opposite the Cyrano of Roberto Alagna.
In 2015-16 Richard made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto followed just 5 months later by his Broadway Debut in the New York City Center’s Tony Award Encores Series in Rodgers’ and Sondheim’s Do I Hear a Waltz alongside Broadway Star, Melissa Errico. His performance of Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catan’s Il Postino with Opera Saratoga was his debut into the world of Spanish Opera.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Troxell has been seen with the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony in his signature role as Tenor Soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Other concert engagements of note include Handel’s Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mahler’s Die Lied von der Erde with the Detroit Symphony, and Mendelsshon’s Walpurgisnacht with the Denver Symphony. At Avery Fisher Hall, Mr. Troxell performed the Title Role in Zemlinsky’s opera Der Zwerg under the baton of Leon Botstein with the American Symphony Orchestra. Opera News called his interpretation” the afternoon’s most successful performance.”
Richard Troxell is from Thurmont, Maryland where he started singing at the age of four along with his parents, belting out Broadway tunes at Lions Club benefits and singing hymns in the church choir. He received his operatic training at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA.
He currently resides in the countryside of Chester County, PA with his wife dancer/choreographer Lisa Lovelace and their two sons Wilder and Shane. When not performing, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, motorcycling, hiking, and long-distance bicycle riding.
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