- Richard Wigmore
(b New York, April 1, 1955). American bass. While studying with Margaret Harshaw at Indiana University Music School, he was heard by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge, who sponsored his Wigmore Hall début recital in 1979. The same year he joined the San Francisco Opera, making his début there as the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila in 1980. He has subsequently sung a very large range of roles for the company and other leading US opera houses, including Mozart’s Osmin, Figaro, Bartolo (which he has recorded), Leporello, Commendatore and Sarastro, Giuseppe Verdi’s Sparafucile, Ramfis, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) and Phillip II, Henry VIII (Anna Bolena) and Méphistophélès (Charles Gounod’s Faust). He made his European opera début, as Osmin at the Opéra de Lyon, in 1982, his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1983 and his Metropolitan Opera début, as Colline (...