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Photo credits: Ken Howard
Courtesy: San Diego Opera
Richard Leech is avowedly San Diego's "favorite tenor". The tenor in turn admits to having a soft spot for San Diego Opera (SDO), calling it one of his artistic "homes". It is a company well known for recognizing young talent early in their careers, giving them the chances they need to prove themselves. Indeed SDO has done its bit in nurturing young singers* . Quite often it happens that one or two seasons later, these singers debut at the MET and burst into the international opera scene.

Richard Leech has performed at the San Diego Opera with increasing regularity since his debut here as Faust in 1988, and not surprisingly has chosen the company as the venue for two important role debuts - as the melancholic poet in Massenet's Werther in 1993 and as the fiery Don José in Bizet's Carmen in 1997. Shown here is a slide show of photos from some of Richard Leech's San Diego performances. Below is a chronology of his San Diego performances.(Click HERE for a photo-essay on the making of Carmen and Roméo et Juliette.)

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LA BOHÈME
(Che gelida manina)
FAUST
(Salut! demeure chaste et pure)


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Faust February 1988
Lucia di Lammermoor January 1989
Werther April 1993
La Bohème April 1995
Carmen January 1997
Roméo et Juliette April 1998
Un ballo in maschera May 1999

* A list, though by no means complete, of other singers who sang at SDO before they became famous: Barbara Bonney, Michele Crider, Renée Fleming, Vivica Genaux, Susanne Mentzer, Patricia Racette, Dolora Zajick, Ferrucio Furlanetto, César Hernandez, Luis Lima, James Morris, Ramon Vargas

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THE RICHARD LEECH PAGES:
HOME THE ARTIST & HIS CAREER HIS RECORDINGS 1998-99 SEASON
AS DON JOSE AS ROMEO AT GRANT PARK FESTIVAL A FAN'S THOUGHTS

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