“Returning to the company is bass Ricardo Lugo, whose lends the storyteller Alfieri both his resonant voice and commanding stage presence. When he describes Eddie’s eyes as resembling two dark tunnels, the hairs on one’s arms stand at attention.” -The Examiner
With a “resonant” bass sound Puerto Rican bass Ricardo Lugo is a versatile international artist in demand on the operatic and concert scene. Having made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Un Barnabotto in La Giocond,a Ricardo has since been involved in productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Khovanshchina, Billy Budd, La fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Macbeth, The Gambler and Salome. Highlights for the 2013-14 season include his return to the Metropolitan Opera for Shostakovich’s The Nose, and to Michigan Opera Theater as Timur in Turandot and Alfieri in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge. Engagements for the 2014-2015 season include his return to The Metropolitan Opera as Hans Schwarz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Prison Guard (cover) in Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk, and the Sacristan in Tosca and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera.
The 2012-13 season brought his role debut of Don Fernando in Fidelio with Michigan Opera Theater, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Memphis, Elmiro in Otello, his role debut as Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Boston Midsummer Opera, and a concert appearance as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
With the San Francisco Opera he has appeared as Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser, the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte as well as Sarastro in their adapted “Magic Flute” for families, and covered Banquo in Macbeth. He made his Washington National Opera debut singing Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo and performed Annibale Pistacchio in Donizetti’s Il Campanello di Notte with Santa Fe Opera’s new One Hour Opera Performances. As an apprentice artist with The Santa Fe Opera he was featured as the King in Massenet’s Cendrillon, with Joyce DiDonato and Richard Stilwell directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Kenneth Montgomery; and as the First Soldier in Strauss’ Salome, conducted by John Fiore.
Ricardo Lugo performs regularly with all the opera companies of his native Puerto Rico. With the Opera de Puerto Rico, he has performed Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte; Dr. Grenvil in La traviata; Colline in La bohème; Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia; and Angelotti in Tosca. For Teatro de la Opera, he added the roles of Pietro in Simon Boccanegra; Masetto in Don Giovanni; Tom in Un ballo in maschera; Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffman; Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette; the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte; Ludovico in Otello; and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. He has also taken part in CulturArte, where he performed the roles of Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, opposite Carol Vaness and Plácido Domingo; and Ludovico in Otello opposite June Anderson and Placido Domingo, both conducted by Eugene Kohn.
On the concert platform Ricardo has sung Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, St. John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and the Romeo et Juliette of Berlioz with such orchestras as New Mexico Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony and the Santa Fe Symphony. He has also appeared with the acclaimed Opera Orchestra of New York as Jacopo Loredano in I due Foscari conducted by Eve Queler. Lugo made his New York Recital Debut on February 2006 at the Liederkranz Foundation.
Other notable roles include Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Geronte in Manon Lescaut, Roucher and Dumas in Andrea Chenier, and Ramfis in Aida. Ricardo was featured as Jose Tripaldi in the acclaimed production of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, directed by Peter Sellars, during Lincoln Center’s Festival entitled “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov”.