Richard Wiegold 2014/15 – A season of Debuts on both Sides of the Atlantic


Tonight marks the start of another busy and exciting season for the Welsh bass, Richard Wiegold, as David Pountney’s new production for Welsh National Opera of Rossini’s masterpiece (and last opera)  Guillaume Tell opens at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, with Richard playing the crucial role of Melchtal.  The fabulous cast also includes Barry Banks as Arnold, Luciano Botelho as Ruodi, Nicky Spence as Rodolphe and David Kempster as the eponymous hero of the piece:

But Richard hardly has time to breathe before rushing across the UK to sing Veit Pogner in a full concert performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the wonderful, new Saffron Hall in Essex:

And then to the United States. After last season’s hugely successful debuts as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth at Opera Palm Beach  and Timur in Turandot for Utah Opera (pictured here), Richard is returning to the USA this season to sing Reinmar von Zweter, and cover the Landgraf, in Tannhäuser as his debut for the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago, with a stella cast conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Tim Albery (, as well as singing König Marke in a concert performance of Act II of Tristan und Isolde with North Carolina Opera, again his debut with this company.

But the debuts don’t finish there. A final highlight of the season will surely be singing one of his favourite roles, Sarastro, in Pet Halmen’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, at the Opéra Théatre de Saint Étienne, conducted by David Reiland.

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