by Richard Fredricks
RICHARD FREDRICKS, a former Principal Baritone with the Metropolitan Opera, is recognized as one of today's finest singing actors. At the Metropolitan, he debuted as Don Carlo, in La Forza del Destino, sang Don Giovanni, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Athanael in Thais, the Four Villains in Les Contes D'Hoffmann and others. His debut, in opera, was with the New York City Opera and, among the more than 40 leading roles sung with this company, are in the operas Rigoletto, I Puritani, Un Ballo un Maschera, Roberto Devereux, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Attila, Andrea Chenier and Lucia di Lammermoor. His appearances in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Venice, Israel, Brussels, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa and Taiwan, as well as with most of the major companies in the U. S. and Canada, attest to his versatility during his peripatetic career that has encompassed over 40 leading roles and appearances in well over a score of Operettas and Musicals. These include the leading roles in Kiss Me Kate, Molly Brown, Man of La Mancha, Kismet, Show Boat, 1776, Merry Widow, Carousel and Camelot.
Mr. Fredricks has been a guest soloist with most of the major symphony orchestras in America and is highly esteemed as a recitalist. He sang the first telecast of the prestigious Live from Lincoln Center series in The Ballad of Baby Doe*, and in subsequent telecasts of Roberto Devereux*, La Traviata*, Manon**, Lizzie Borden, and in the Opera de Montreal production of Il Trovatore. He was a frequent guest on the Merv Griffin Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett Show, and as himself, in a special Odd Couple segment, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
In addition to his more than twelve appearances at the Hollywood Bowl, over 35 orchestra appearances with Johnny Green in Pops Concerts throughout the country and Israel, Mr. Fredricks appeared in televised performances with the Boston Pops on evenings of Lerner and Loewe and Cole Porter.
During Mr. Fredricks= extensive and varied career he has been lauded for his artistry as a recitalist as well acclaimed for his singing on the night club circuit. His hobbies include aerobatic flying, sailing his son=s 22 foot sloop, Sean=s Boat and is active as a Certified Scuba Diver.
Mr. Fredricks will be singing a Evan=s Associates, Armistice Day Concert, at the Clubhouse 3 Theater, in Laguna Beach, November 11, 2006, with Motion Picture star Ann Blyth and the All American Boys Chorus.
Mr. Fredricks currently resides and has his studio, in his home town, Los Angeles, where he teaches the Richard Fredricks Vocal Technique. Email: METBARITON@AOL.COM
Mr Fredricks is available for Private Study and Master Classes in Voice, Opera and Music Theater scenes.
* Available at Tower Video
** Available Online at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, NY