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Richard Zeller

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Richard Zeller
Artist in Residence for fall 2021

Vivian Bull Music Center 102


Richard Zeller is internationally acclaimed for his dramatic voice and consummate musicianship. He is equally celebrated for both his concert and opera roles as both a baritone and bass baritone.

Mr. Zeller made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1989 and has appeared there for 11 seasons. He has appeared with the Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, English National Opera at the Barbican in London, the Edinburgh Festival and Vienna Festival as well as many other international and regional opera houses throughout the world.

Mr. Zeller was featured as soloist in 2001 in the Emmy nominated nationwide TV Broadcast of Live from Lincoln Center singing the Mozart Requiem with the Mostly Mozart Festival, conducted by Gerard Schwarz and presented by Beverly Sills.

Mr. Zeller has been associate professor of voice and opera at Biola University Conservatory of Music in La Mirada, California and on faculty at the University of Oregon and Portland State University where he presently teaches. He also maintains an active private studio in his home city of Portland, Oregon.

His voice students have won the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions at the district, regional, semi-final and grand final levels, have won and placed in the finals of the NATSAA competition, and have been awarded prizes in numerous other prestigious contests including the National Federated Music Clubs and the National Opera Association. In addition to performing, many of his students have also gone on to become voice teachers, vocal pedagogues, educators, and to hold positions in arts administration.


On the concert stage, Mr. Zeller has appeared with more than 100 symphonies and orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Performances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra among others and performances with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Minnesota and San Francisco Symphonies as well as many other regional and international orchestras. His performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bloch’s Sacred Service, Catalani’s La Wally, Faure’s Requiem, Hanson’s Merry Mount and many others.

His international orchestra credits include appearances with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Winnipeg, Ottowa, the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk (Hanover), MDR Symphony Orchester (Leipzig), Dresden Staatskapelle, Czech Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Korea Philharmonic, Rotterdam, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway), Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Mexico City’s Sinfonica de Mineria and the National Orchestra of Taiwan among many others.


  • The critically acclaimed Merry Mount by Howard Hanson and Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbettson with Naxos
  • The world premiere of Henri Lazarof’s Fifth Symphony on Centaur Records – all recorded with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
  • Dvorak’s Te Deum with Zdenec Macal and the New Jersey Symphony for Delos
  • David Schiff’s Gimpel the Fool for Naxos
  • Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for Centaur Records
  • Virgil Thompson’s Lord Byron and Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land for Koch International
  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s opera Volo di notte with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein
  • Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble on MSR classics