Richard Brunner

born 1953 in Ohio

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Richard Brunner was 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 Katja Kabanova, Erik, Florestan in Fidelio, Cassio in Otello, Elemer in Arabella, Walter in Tannhäuser, and Florestan), and Volksoper (Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (Froh in Das Rheingold), Scottish Opera (Florestan, Boris in Katja Kabanova), Bavarian State Opera (Froh), Hamburg Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Opera de Nice (Froh), Teatro Verdi in Trieste (German in Pikovaja dama), Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy (Števa in Její pastorkyňa/Jenůfa), Hamburg State Opera, Graz (Don José), Strasbourg (Apollo in Daphne), St. Gallen (Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and German), Bergen and Braunschweig (Tannhäuser, Florestan and Erik), Hagen (title role in Tannhäuser), Saarbrücken (Walther von Stoltzing), Bremen (Erik), Riga, and Kazan (German).

Further notable engagements included new productions of Die Tote Stadt (as Paul) in Karlsruhe and Die Frau ohne Schatten (as the Emperor), The Makropoulos affair (as Albert Gregor) in Darmstadt, the title role in Les contes d'Hoffmann 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 Ägisth in Elektra and to the U.S.A. as tenor soloist at the Bard Festival.

He was a noted interpreter of the role of Aron in Schönberg's Moses und Aron, which he has performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Darmstadt, and in Catania, Italy, and 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 Rachmaninov and Schönberg'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 Ildikó Szőnyi
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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