Richard Wiegold

  • Tristan und Isolde – King Marke
  • Parsifal – Titurel
  • Die Meistersinger – Viet Pogner


Praised by the Opera News for his ‘cavernous bass and palpable acting,’ and by Bachtrack for his ‘glorious, stentorian voice’, Welsh bass Richard Wiegold made his international debut at the Canadian Opera in 2008 as Arkel (Pelleas et Melisande), which has lead to a busy career in Europe, North America and the Middle and Far East.  Richard’s Wagnerian roles include Koenig Marke (Tristan und Isolde) at the Prague State and North Carolina Opera, Hans Schwarz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at Covent Garden, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at the Estonian National Opera, Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser) at the Chicago Lyric and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Stefano Colonna (Rienzi) also in Toulouse, Fasolt (Das Rheingold) with North Carolina Opera, and Daland (Der Fliegende Holländer) in Galicia and at Longborough. Previously for Saffron Opera Group, he has performed Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Titurel (Parsifal).

Richard is renowned for his portrayal of the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), at the Canadian Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Utah Opera, Teatru Manoel in Malta and elsewhere, as well as on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Interlude in Prague’. Other roles include Dr Grenvil (La Traviata) at Covent Garden (available on a Grammy-nominated DVD) Fünfte Jude (Salome) at the Salzburg Festival and in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, Arkel (Pelleas et Melisande) in Cincinnati and at Glyndebourne, Banquo (Macbeth) for Palm Beach Opera, Timur (Turandot) for Utah Opera, Orest (Elektra) in Santiago de Compostela and Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in Montpellier.  Richard’s roles with Welsh National Opera include Vairochana (Wagner Dream), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Walter/Melchtal (Guillaume Tell), Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and The Secret Police Agent (The Consul)

Future Plans include Il Re Aida with the Canadian Opera and the premiere of a major new work by Benedict Mason in Italy.