Richard Taylor



Richard Taylor
Featured Arias
 mp3 Lamento di Federico
Length: 4:55, Size: 2.25 MB
 mp3 Cabaletta from Verdi's Attila
Length: 2:20, Size: 2.15 MB
 mp3 Ingemisco - Verdi Requiem 1991
Length: 3:47, Size: 3.48 MB
 mp3 PearlFishers Duet - Live 1990
Length: 3:37, Size: 3.32 MB
 mp3 Mahler 8th - Live 1995
Length: 3:37, Size: 3.32 MB


Richard Taylor began his career at age 19 as a Resident Artist with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, and five years later in 1974 became the New York City Opera’s youngest leading tenor with his much-acclaimed debut as Alfredo in La Traviata. In his five years there he sang more than a hundred performances of twenty leading roles ranging from the standard tenor fare (Pinkerton, Faust, Don Jose, Des Grieux) to the unusual (Boito’s Mefistofele, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt), and after much success with the company, became the youngest singer ever to be honored with a new production, that of Mozart’s Idomeneo, whose title-role he performed both at the NYCO and at the Kennedy Center’s innaugural Mozart Festival with Ely Ameling.

In June of 1976 Taylor earned a permanent place in the operatic history books when he performed another title-role, that of Verdi’s Stiffelio in the belated American Premiere of the work, given at the opera house of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During the years 1974 - 1979 Taylor appeared regularly as a guest artist with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States, with an impressive total of thirty-five leading tenor roles to his credit, ranging from the bel-canto (Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor to the French (Carmen, Manon, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Romèo et Juliet, Faust and Le Cid, to the traditional (Rigoletto, La Bohème, Tosca) to the more dramatic fare (Un Ballo in Maschera, La Fanciulla del West, Il Trovatore and Der Fliegende Hollander.)

With Beverly Sills - Manon NYCO 1979
In 1979 Taylor’s career took one of show business’ stranger turns when an extended summer vacation spent playing with a personal computer turned into a second international career. To his great surprise, the tenor-turned-hobbyist-computerist became a published author of commercial timesharing software, and six months later was approached with an offer that led him to found, and become president of an international retail computer corporation, necessitating his temporary retirement from the opera stages of the world.

But in 1990 the performer-at-heart took yet another turn of fate, and thanks to a last-minute cancellation and a case of being in the right place at the right time, was hired by the Chicago Symphony’s newly appointed Music Director Daniel Barenboim to return to singing as the tenor soloist in four performances of The Verdi Requiem with The Munich Philharmonic in December of that year. Since his sudden return to opera, Taylor has appeared in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and with the Orlando Opera as Hoffmann. On December 25, 1990, Taylor made another last-minute debut, as Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Taylor began the 1991-92 season as tenor soloist in the opening concerts of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season conducted by Edo de Waart, (Beethoven’s 9th) and marked debuts in the UK with Opera North ("Madama Butterfly") and a highly acclaimed last-minute substitution as Gustavus in Verdi’s "A Masked Ball" with the English National Opera, reviewed by The Times of London as "an impressive American tenor.. his return is opera’s gain."

Taylor’s upcoming performances include "Les Contes d’Hoffmann" (North Carolina), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, and performances of the Verdi Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Daniel Barenboim.

With Diana Soviero - NYCO 1977
His last public appearance was in a memorable Mahler's 8th in May of 1995. Listen to the voice in the Mahler clips - after almost 30 years of singin