Richard Bernstein - Bass

A Metropolitan Opera company member since his debut in 1995, acclaimed bass Richard Bernstein will celebrate his milestone 400th performance with the Met this season, his 23rd with the company.

For the Met in 2017-18, he sings in Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, and Parsifal, while also covering roles Le nozze di Figaro, Elektra, Roméo et Juliette, and the American premiere The Exterminating Angel. 2017-18 also sees him sing Angelotti in Tosca with The Philadelphia Orchestra, perform the bass soloist part in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Jersey Choral Society, and return to one of his touchstone roles: Leporello in Don Giovanni (Chautauqua Opera).

Mr. Bernstein’s versatility is displayed in the diverse mix of repertoire he has performed and covered over the years with the MET, from classic operas to contemporary works, including roles in Carmen, Satyagraha, Siegfried, Ernani, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, Hamlet, From the House of the Dead, Armida, Ariadne auf Naxos, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, War and Peace, Macbeth, Wozzeck, and Jenufa.

Mr. Bernstein also performs leading roles around the country and abroad, particularly his signature roles of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Leporello (Don Giovanni). Other notable roles include Daland (Der fliegender Holländer), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Sancho Panza (Don Quichotte), Colline (La bohème), Mustafà (L'italiana in Algeri), Frank Maurent (Street Scene), and Alidoro (La Cenerentola) for companies such as the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Pacific, Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse), and the Savonlinna Festival (Finland).

Mr. Bernstein’s repertoire boasts a number of contemporary American works. He created roles in two world premieres by composer Tobias Picker: Orville Mason in An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera, and Laurent in Thérèse Raquin at Dallas Opera. In addition, he portrayed Marco in William Bolcom’s A View From the Bridge at its Metropolitan Opera premiere (2002) and at Washington Opera (2007).

On DVD, Mr. Bernstein appears in several Met productions, including Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Bello in La fanciulla del West and Zaretski in Eugene Onegin. He can be heard as Laurent on the CD of Picker's Thérèse Raquin (Chandos Records).

Additionally, Mr. Bernstein has collaborated with a host of major American symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been a guest at festivals such as Spoleto and Tanglewood. 

He has had the privilege of working with some of the most important conductors of the day, including:  James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, and Fabio Luisi.

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a former member of L.A. Opera’s Resident Artist Program.


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