Richard Decker

Richard Decker, a native of Pennsylvania, made his professional operatic debut in the role of Tamino in Mozart"s Die Zauberflöte with the Bronx Opera while attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

The acclaimed American tenor first came to international attention in 1984 as a finalist in the first Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition held in New York, as well as in the third "Concorso Enrico Caruso" for tenors in Milan, Italy. In the same year he attended the International Opera Studio at Zürich Opera in Switzerland where he made his European debut in the 1984 Eurovision broadcast of Wagner"s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg celebrating the reopening of the newly renovated Zürich Opera house.

During a four-year spell at the State Theater in Saarbrücken Richard Decker was also a frequent guest at such international festivals as Aix-en-Provence and Macerata. In 1990 he completed the transition to the dramatic repertoire with his Vienna State Opera debut in the role of Desportes in Harry Kupfer"s production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann"s Die Soldaten. Since then he has been engaged by many international opera houses including Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Royal Opera Stockholm, San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Zürich Opera, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Flanders Opera in Antwerp, Cologne Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and the Frankfurt Opera just to name a few.

He has taken on a wide range of roles including Florestan (Fidelio); the title roles of Parsifal, Tristan, and Otello; Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg); the roles of Prince in Rusalka, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Paul (Die tote Stadt), Alfonso (Violanta), the Drum Major (Wozzeck), Boris (Katja Kabanowa).

Mr. Decker has sung concert performances of Tristan und Isolde with the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2002 Mr. Decker sang his 40th performance of the role of Otello and thereby creating a debut sensation at the San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Decker can be heard on recordings of Der Sturz des Antichrist and Parsifal.

Parsifal - Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (DVD-NTSC)

Parsifal - Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (DVD-NTSC)

Parsifal - Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - 44586 -..


Wagner - Zalasinski, Decker, Holle, Schone, Soffel, Dunnebach (CD)

Wagner - Zalasinski, Decker, Holle, Schone, Soffel, Dunnebach (CD)

Wagner - Zalasinski,Decker,Holle,Schone,Soffel,Dunnebach - 42229 - Classical music..


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