Richard Ollarsaba bass-baritone

About Richard Ollarsaba

Baritone Richard Ollarsaba made his NCO debut in 2012 as Ferrando in Il trovatore. This season he appears at NCO as Escamillo in Carmen.

He recently finished his residency with the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where appeared in Don Giovanni, CapriccioAnna Bolena, Tosca, The Passenger, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Parsifal, and La traviata. During 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.
Recent engagements include his return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for productions of Lucia di LammermoorLes troyens, and Carmen and Wolf Trap Opera as Luciano in Bastianello, Angelotti in Tosca, and Asdrubale in La pietra del paragone. The 2017-2018 season included the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera, Pistola in Falstaff with both Opera Omaha and Intermountain Opera, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera. Upcoming engagements include Escamillo in Carmen with Annapolis Opera and his debut with Opera Hong Kong in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.