Fracker, Richard (Dudley)
- Matthew Alan Thomas
(b Jackson, MI, Nov 21, 1953). American tenor. Fracker has become known as an outstanding interpreter of the theatrical works of Philip Glass. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 in a production of Philip Glass’s the CIVIL warS and was featured in the world premieres of Hydrogen Jukebox (1990) and Orphée (1993). He also played the lead tenor roles in Glass’s operas Fall of the House of Usher (1988) produced by Grand Rapids Opera and The Voyage (1992) commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Since the spring of 2004, Fracker has performed many roles in productions by the Metropolitan Opera including Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly. In addition to operatic roles, Mr. Fracker’s performances as recitalist and concert soloist include: Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with Western Michigan University, Handel’s Messiah with the Lansing Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony no.8 with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Britten’s ...