Tip of the Month

Biography 2007

            Richard Fredricks, 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 dell Destino, sang the title role in 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 in 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, he has performed in Night Clubs, plays, in Reviews and has sung in over a score of Operettas and Musicals, as well.  These include the leading roles in Kiss Me Kate, Molly Brown, Man of La Mancha, Kismet, ShowBoat, "1776," Merry Widow, Music Man, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Desert Song,  Bells Are Ringing, Naughty Marietta, Camelot, Carousel, Die Fledermaus, Carnival and others.

            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, as Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, as well as in subsequent telecasts of Roberto Devereux, La Traviata, Manon, Lizzie Borden. in Canada, he sang Conte De Luna, in the Opera de Montreal production of Il Trovatore and  Alfio in Cavalleria id Rusticana Rigoletto in Toronto. He was a frequent guest on the Merv Griffin Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett Show, Mike Douglas Show, and starred as himself, in a special Odd Couple segment, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. 

            In addition to his more than a dozen appearances, at the Hollywood Bowl, with Johnny Green, they performed Pop and Classical 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.  His four Live from Lincoln Center and WolfTrap performances of  "La Traviata", "Roberto Devereux", "The Ballad of Baby Doe" and "Manon," are available on video. He also created the role of Captain Jason McFarland, in the world premier and subsequent televised performance of "Lizzie Borden."  Mr. Fredricks is an artist whose vocal endowments are matched by his theatrical sensitivity and dynamic stage personality. 

Pat Boone writes, "How would you like to have Michael Jordan give you some tips on basketball? That's what I feel happened with me when I asked Richard Fredricks to help me get back on track," says the pop icon. "Through years of increasingly bad vocal habits, terrible sound systems and road weariness, I was beginning to think I had 'lost' it. After just one or two sessions with this master teacher, I had regained my confidence, and have been regaining the ease and expertise I had enjoyed for years. Richard knows, he can teach it, and he cares. I can't imagine a better combination."

In addition to his many singing venues, Mr. Fredricks has enjoyed his directorial assignments having directed the Massenet, Manon, for the Honolulu Opera, The Young Lord, with  Houston Grand Opera, in which he also sang the leading role of the Secretary; The Marriage of Figaro (by proxy) and sang the role of Figaro, TRUK Opera, Pretoria, South Africa; directed two productions of La Boheme, at  The Michigan Opera, The Duluth Opera.

Last May, Mr. Fredricks was the featured soloist, at a Dorothy Chandler Pavilion presented by the L. A. Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra, singing the Academy Award winning song, Exodus, lyrics by Pat Boone, .in the  event honoring Pat's Fifty Years in Show Business. Pat joined him for the last rousing chorus.