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The MET is currently Richard Leech's "big home". (As shown elsewhere on these pages, he has other "smaller homes" across the country.) But it is at the MET where he can be heard every season - ever since his winning debut on September 30, 1989 as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. The role is his favorite and he has sung it many times over at the MET and other major houses.

Of his Rodolfo on debut night, the former NY Times critic and renowned bel canto specialist Will Crutchfield had this to say :


"...Apart from Luciano Pavarotti on his best nights, I can't think of a current tenor I'd rather hear in the part."
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Indeed, it is Richard Leech's kind of voice - a big but warm, mellifluous lyric tenor - that Puccini must have had in mind when he wrote the part. But Richard Leech is much more than Rodolfo - he has built up a repertory of 34 roles, of which 9 have seen numerous performances at the MET. (In the 1998-99 season he will sing his first Cavaradossi at the MET, a role he has sung at other houses.) The 1996-97 season marked a milestone in Richard Leech's career - his 100th performance at the MET. And by the time the current season is over, he will have added over 20 more performances. Above is a slide show of some of Richard Leech's performances at the MET and below is a chronology of his MET performances - current to the 1998/99 season.

It is also from the stage of this formidably cavernous hall that Richard Leech (singing with fellow cast members) on many occasions beams his voice to the rest of the world - during those special Saturday hours known to opera lovers as the MET/Texaco radio broadcasts. As shown below, some of his performances have also been seen nationally on public television.

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LA BOHÈME
(Che gelida manina)


FAUST
(Salut! demeure chaste et pure)


RIGOLETTO
(La donna è mobile)


L'ELISIR D'AMORE
(Una furtiva lagrima)

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PERFORMANCES at the MET :
La Bohème (Rodolfo) September-November 1989 (debut); December 1992; January 1993; October-December 1993; January 1994; September-October 1994; February-March 1997
Faust (Faust) December 1990 - January 1991; March-April 1997
Rigoletto (Duke) January 1991; February-March 1992
Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo/Gustavo) September - October 1992
Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) November-December 1992
Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton) September-December 1993; January 1994; December 1994; January 1995; March 1996
Roméo et Juliette (Romeo) March-April 1996
L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino) December 1996
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann) January-March 1998
Tosca (Cavaradossi) October-November 1998
Levine 25th Anniversary Gala April 27, 1996
METROPOLITAN OPERA / TEXACO: TELECASTS and RADIO BROADCASTS
Faust January 5, 1991; April 5, 1997
Rigoletto January 12, 1991; March 7, 1992
Lucia di Lamermoor December 12, 1992
La Bohème January 2, 1993; March 26, 1994
Madama Butterfly January 8, 1994; January 7, 1995; December 28, 1995*; March 9, 1996
Levine 25th Anniversary Gala April 27, 1996*
L'elisir d'amore December 14, 1996
Les Contes d'Hoffmann February 7, 1998
* Telecast on Public Television / see Calendar for current performances
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