Lyric Opera of Chicago

Richard Ollarsaba

 Richard Ollarsaba

Photo by Devon Cass.

 

A first-year Ryan Opera Center member, bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, a native of Tempe, Arizona, earned a postgraduate certificate and master of music degree through the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He appeared there in roles by Mozart, Donizetti, and Nicolai. During his time in Winston-Salem he also appeared with Piedmont Opera as Ferrando/Il trovatore (debut, later reprised with North Carolina Opera), Masetto/Don Giovanni, and Reverend Hale/The Crucible. Ollarsaba earned his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and made his professional debut at Opera Cleveland as Antonio/Le nozze di Figaro. Concert engagements include the Ravinia Festival, Kansas City Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A grand finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ollarsaba is a former participant in the young-artist programs at Tanglewood (bass soloist in Beethoven's Fantasia in c-minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 75th-anniversary gala, PBS telecast) and Music Academy of the West. As a 2012-13 resident artist at Minnesota Opera, he was featured in Nabucco, Anna Bolena, and Turandot. The bass-baritone performs in 2013-14 Lyric productions of Otello (debut), Madama Butterfly, Parsifal and La traviata.

 

Richard Ollarsaba is sponsored by Lois B. Siegel and Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk.


Back to The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

 

Ryan Opera Center 2013-2014 Ensemble

 

Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Emily Birsan

 

Tracy Cantin

 

Laura Wilde

 

 

J'nai Bridges

 

Julie Anne Miller

 

 

Tenors       Baritones    

Adam Bonanni

 

John Irvin

 

 

 

Anthony Clark Evans

 

Will Liverman

 

 

 

Bass-baritone   Apprentice Coach

Richard Ollarsaba

Richard Ollarsaba  

 

  Maureen Zoltek

 Maureen Zoltek