Praised for his “resonant, full-voiced basso” by Opera News, Puerto Rican bass Ricardo Lugo is a versatile international artist in demand on the operatic and concert scene. Having made his Metropolitan Opera début as Un Barnabotto in La Gioconda, Mr. Lugo has since been involved in multiple productions with the company including The Nose, Pelléas et Mélisande, Otello, Tannhäuser, Tosca, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Ariadne auf Naxos, Khovanshchina, Billy Budd, La fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Gambler, Die Zauberflöte and Salome.
Mr. Lugo began last season in a return to Virginia Opera as Hunding in Die Walküre. He then brought his celebrated Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro to Pittsburgh Opera, reprised his Simone in Gianni Schicchi at Hawaii Opera Theater, and joined San Francisco Opera to cover the One-Eyed Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten and sing the role of Aldeanos #3 in El último sueño de Frida y Diego. This season, he returns to Virginia Opera a Fafner in Siegfried, takes his Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore to Opera de Puerto Rico, is the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera, and joins New Orleans Opera as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. [read more...]
"... a most sympathetic Frère Laurent..." – Opera News
Roméo et Juliette – “Lugo used his full-voiced basso as a most sympathetic Frère Laurent who showed great care for the lovers."
“... Lugo lent his huge, round bass sound…” – Opera News
Don Giovanni – “the production was brimming with excellent performances . . . Ricardo Lugo lent his huge, round bass sound to the ghostly Commendatore."
"... vocally commanding…” – The Virginia Gazette
Turandot – “Bass Ricardo Lugo (Timur) was vocally commanding and easily captured his every moment on stage.”
"... Lugo’s unyielding bass..." – Opera News
Silent Night – “Lugo’s unyielding bass gave the disapproving French general a granite edge.”
"... made a vibrant impression..." – Oberon’s Grove
Friedenstag – “Bass Ricardo Lugo (above), as the opposing general, made a vibrant impression with his imposing voice and intrinsic sense of the drama. He was an excellent foil for Mr. Albert, and, between these two powerhouse voices, they kept our focus on the work keenly secured.”
"... resonant voice and commanding stage presence..." – The Examiner
A View from the Bridge – “Returning to the company is bass Ricardo Lugo, whose lends the storyteller Alfieri both his resonant voice and commanding stage presence. When he describes Eddie’s eyes as resembling two dark tunnels, the hairs on one’s arms stand at attention.”