Richard Ollarsaba Biography

Bass-Baritone

Richard OllarsabaPraised for his “expressive, resonant voice” (Sun-Times) and his “powerful, beautiful and well controlled sound,” (Opera Lively) bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, is quickly gaining ground in the operatic and concert arenas. He recently finished his residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he recently stepped into the title role in their 2014 production of Don Giovanni as well as the Major-Domo in Capriccio. Previous productions at LOC include Anna Bolena, Tosca, The Passenger, Otello, Madama Butterfly,Parsifal, and La traviata. In his time in Chicago, Richard performed at the Grant Park Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival and with such ensembles as Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Last season, Richard was seen in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Der Rosenkavalier and took part in the world-premiere of Bel Canto as well as making his debut with Wolf Trap Opera as Fallito in Gassman’s L’OPERA SERIA. Engagements for the 2016-2017 season include his return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Troyens, and Carmen, covering the role of Timur in Turandot with Opera Philadelphia, and returning to Wolf Trap Opera as Luciano in Bastianello, Angelotti in Tosca, Asdrubale in La pietra del paragone, and the cover of Escamillo in Carmen. Future seasons include engagements with Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Intermountain Opera, and the Dallas Opera.