Richard Ollarsaba bass-baritone

About Richard Ollarsaba

Praised for his “expressive, resonant voice" (Sun-Times) and his "powerful, beautiful and well controlled sound," (Opera Lively) bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, is quickly gaining ground in the operatic and concert arenas. He recently finished his residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he recently stepped into the title role in their 2014 production of Don Giovanni as well as the Major-Domo in Capriccio. Previous productions at LOC include Anna Bolena, Tosca, The Passenger, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Parsifal, and La traviata. In his time in Chicago, Richard performed at the Grant Park Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival and with such ensembles as Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Engagements for last season included his return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for productions of Lucia di LammermoorLes troyens, and Carmen and returning to Wolf Trap Opera as Luciano in Bastianello, Angelotti in Tosca, and Asdrubale in La pietra del paragone. The 2017-2018 season and beyond includes the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera, Pistola in Falstaff with both Opera Omaha and Intermountain Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera, Intermountain Opera, and his debut with The Dallas Opera.