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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
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.)
(Che gelida manina)
(Salut! demeure chaste et pure)
|Lucia di Lammermoor||January 1989|
|La Bohème||April 1995|
|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
|THE RICHARD LEECH
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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