Richard Brunner

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Richard Brunner is a US tenor of German parents.

Richard Brunner has appeared with leading opera companies throughout the world. In the U.S.A., he has performed with the Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado (Walther von Stoltzing in Die Meistersinger), Michigan Opera, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera (Narraboth in Salome), Pittsburgh Opera, and Washington Opera (Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and Sam Polk in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah), Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer for the Austin Lyric Opera and Calaf in Turandot for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

In Europe, he has performed at the Vienna State Opera (Boris in Katya Kabanova, Erik, Florestan in Fidelio, Cassio in Otello, Elemer in Arabella, Walter in Tannhäuser,and Florestan), and Volksoper (Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus), Theater Champs Elysses in Paris (Froh in Das Rheingold), Scottish Opera (Florestan, Boris in Katya Kabanova), Bavarian State Opera (Froh), Hamburg Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Opera de Nice(Froh), Teatro Verdi in Trieste (Gherman in Pique Dame), Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy (Steva in Jenufa), Hamburg State Opera , Graz (Don Jose), Strasbourg (Apollo in Daphne), St. Gallen (Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and Gherman), Bergen and Braunschweig (Tannhäuser, Florestan and Erik), Hagen (title role in Tannhäuser), Saarbrücken (Walther von Stoltzing), Bremen (Erik), Riga, and Kazan (Gherman).

Notable recent engagements include new productions of Die Tote Stadt (as Paul) in Karlsruhe and Die Frau ohne Schatten (as the Emperor), The Makropolous Affair (as Albert Gregor) in Darmstadt, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffman at the Komische Oper Berlin, and a revival of Der Fliegende Holländer with Frankfurt Opera, Halle as Calaf in Turandot, Erik, the title role in Offenbach’s Bluebeard, and the Mahler 8th Symphony.

He also returned to Spain as Bacchus and to Japan with the Tokyo National Theater as Aegisthe in Elektra and to the U.S.A. as tenor soloist at the Bard Festival..

He is a noted interpreter of the role of Aaron in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron, which he has performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Darmstadt, and in Catania, Italy, and ha has sung Jimmy Mahoney in Weill’s Mahagonny at the Spoleto, Festival, U.S.A. A sought after concert artist, Mr. Brunner has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra ("The Bells" by Rachmaninoff and Schoenberg's Jakobsleiter), Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic (From the House of the Dead), RAI Turin (Das Rheingold).

Richard Brunner sings Carmen: Je vais danser en votre honneur, with Ildiko Szönyi
In RA Format
His interpretation here, is quite appropriate, though unintentionally - he is sounding exactly like the wimp that José actually is, as opposed to his fierce Carmen.)
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.

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