Richard Troxell's beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles at opera houses and concert halls around the world, among them Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, L’Opéra Comique in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Toulouse. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence have set him apart. Mr. Troxell's star turn as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film Madame Butterfly, received high praise from both film and music critics alike following its 1995 Paris and 1996 New York premieres. The New York Times called his performance "the most dramatically satisfying vocal characterization" in the film.
He began the 2011-12 as Romeo with San Antonio Opera and Palm Beach opera, followed by his Italian debut as Don Jose at Teatro Petruzzelli. Upcoming engagements include the title role in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Portland Opera, and Pinkerton with Sydney Opera, and his debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Hawaii Opera.
Mr. Troxell opened the 2010-2011 season with his Opera Colorado debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème followed by Don Jose at Opera Australia. Recently he also returned to Opera Ontario as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and made his St. Louis Symphony debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana This past season Mr. Troxell made his role debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with Calgary Opera, he returned to Europe as Pinkerton in Theater Basel, and performed Don Jose in Carmen with the Orlando Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Carmina Burana with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He finished the season performing Don Jose with the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing.
In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Troxell returned to L’Opéra Comique in Paris for the title role in Zampa, followed by Alfredo in La Traviata with Portland Opera, Lenski in Eugene Onegin with Opera Lyra in Ottawa, and returned to Portland Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. Richard then finished the season as Don Jose with Opera Australia. Mr. Troxell enjoyed a busy season in 2007-2008 including his debut at L’Opéra Comique in the title role of Zampa, his return to Portland Opera as Don Jose, debuts in Monte Carlo as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Montreal as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Warsaw in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and performances with the Colorado Symphony for Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht. Mr. Troxell opened the 2006-2007 season in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Minnesota Opera, which was followed by the title role in Romeo et Juliette in Seville. He continued the season in Gluck’s L'ile de Merlin at the Spoleto Festival as Le Philosophe, Candeur & Catonville, and closed the season at the Aspen Music Festival for Carmina Burana.
In the 2005-2006 season, Mr. Troxell made his debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Portland Opera, followed by a great success as Pinkerton in the Robert Wilson production of Madama Butterfly with Los Angeles Opera. He then returned to Montpellier France to recreate on stage his film role as Christan in Cyrano de Bergerac, followed by Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Madison Opera. He closed the season with a Pops Concert Series of Cole Porter Favorites with the Naples Philharmonic.
Other recent performances for Mr. Troxell have included Carmina Burana with the San Francisco and Columbus Symphonies, his role debut as Don José in Portland, Maine, Lenski for the Cleveland Opera, Alfredo for Opera Pacific, and Camille in The Merry Widow for the New Orleans Opera. A very well-received Pinkerton, now a signature role, marked his return to the Portland Opera, followed by his debut as the Italian Singer with the Vancouver Opera production of Der Rosenkavalier.
Richard Troxell began the 2003-2004 season filming the role of Christian in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac (recently released on DVD) with Roberto Alagna at the Festival de Radio France de Montpellier. Back in the U.S., he made his Carnegie Hall début as soloist in Bach's Magnificat, followed by the title role of Candide for Opera Pacific, Alfredo in La Traviata and Cassio in Otello for San Diego Opera, and two performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins opposite Ute Lemperer, and tenor soloist in Carmina Burana.
Other notable engagements include Purnier in Marta Domingo's production of La Rondine, broadcast on PBS and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, both for Washington Opera. He has sung the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Alfredo in La Traviata for the Houston Grand Opera, Piquillo in La Périchole with Denyce Graves for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the title role in Faust with Boston Lyric Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, the Duke in Rigoletto, both the Prince in The Love of Three Oranges, and Nanki Poo in The Mikado for New York City Opera, and two world premieres with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. In June 2002, the tenor added to his repertoire the demanding title role in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg at a concert performance with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Troxell's oratorio and orchestral performances include Bach's Saint Matthew Passion, Haydn's The Creation and Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Handel's Messiah, among others.
Mr. Troxell’s recording credits include the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Sony Label, the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci under the baton of Georges Prêtre for another upcoming film project and several compositions by American Jewish composers including Marvin David Levy's Masada with the Berlin Radio Symphony for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. Lastly, he is the featured soloist in the sold out solo Pops CD What a Wonderful World, which is soon to be reprinted.