Richard Stilwell

Biography

Born: May 6, 1942; St. Louis, MO  
Richard Stilwell is a leading American operatic baritone. He is known for a light, flexible voice with even tone production and a dramatic and intense stage presence.

His primary teachers were Frank St. Leger and Daniel Ferro. During his period of military service he was a member of the United States Army Chorus. His operatic debut, in April 1970 at the New York City Opera, was in a role with which he became closely identified: that of
Read more Pelléas in Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande. He went on to record the role in a classic EMI recording with Herbert von Karajan opposite his fellow American Frederica von Stade.

His repertory tends away from the heavier Germanic parts. His roles include the Marquis de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, both Mr. Redburn and the title role in Britten's Billy Budd, Captain Balstrode in the same composer's Peter Grimes, De Siriex in Mascagni's Fedora, Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Otho in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Olivier in Strauss' Capriccio, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Music Master in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, and the title roles in Tchaikovsky's Yevgeny Onegin, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. He sang in the first American stage production of Il ritorno in January 1974 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., a part he had sung the previous summer at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England.

He premiered the parts of Konstantin in Pasatieri's The Seagull in 1974 at the Houston Opera, the leading male role in Pasatieri's Inez de Castro in Baltimore in 1976, and also sang in the world premieres of Ingvar Lidholm's A Dream Play with the Santa Fe Opera and Dominick Argento's The Aspern Papers with the Dallas Opera.

In addition to theaters already mentioned, he has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera (where his debut was as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in 1975), the Seattle Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) in London, the Opéra National de Paris, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the San Francisco Opera.

Besides the acclaimed Pelléas recording, his disc credits include Le nozze di Figaro, Il ritorno d'Ulisse, Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Requiem, and Götz Friedrich's video production of Falstaff with Sir Georg Solti conducting. Read less
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  • 1.
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7703271 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  John Hall,  Susan Belling,  Donald Gramm,  Douglas Perry  ... 
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    Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Von Stade, Stilwell, Van Dam, Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66723 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  José Van Dam,  Frederica Von Stade,  Richard Stilwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Puccini: La Boheme / Levine, Stratas, Carreras
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001347209 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Teresa Stratas,  José Carreras,  Renata Scotto,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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    Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Barker, De Waart
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 937 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Martin Thompson,  Catherine Keen,  Peter Blanchet,  Anneleen Bijnen  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Barker, Thompson, De Waart, Et Al
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 937 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Anneleen Bijnen,  Richard Stilwell,  Catherine Keen,  Martin Thompson  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
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    Britten: War Requiem / Shafer, Washington Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49241 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christine Goerke,  Richard Clement,  Richard Stilwell
    Conductor:  Robert Shafer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Chorus,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Shenandoah Conservatory Choir  ... 
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    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Leppard, Troyanos, Stilwell, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89242 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Elisabeth Gale,  Patricia Kern,  Richard Stilwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Britten: War Requiem / Shafer, Washington Chorus & Orchestra
    Label: Washington Chorus   Catalog: 3898 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christine Goerke,  Richard Clement,  Richard Stilwell
    Conductor:  Robert Shafer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Chorus,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Shenandoah Conservatory Choir  ... 
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    Debussy: Pélleas Et Mélisande / Karajan, Von Stade, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67168 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Richard Stilwell,  Frederica Von Stade,  José Van Dam,  Ruggero Raimondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony no 8
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48281 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Hildegard Heichele,  Mallory Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Opera House and Museum Orchestra,  Frankfurt Kantorei,  Figural Choir of Frankfurt Radio  ... 
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    Classics - Brahms: German Requiem / Shaw, Augér, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80092 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Richard Stilwell
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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    Handel: Messiah / Shaw, Stilwell, Mcnair, Erickson
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80093 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Kaaren Erickson,  Layton James,  Richard Stilwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah Highlights / Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orch
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80103 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Richard Stilwell,  Jon Humphrey,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Layton James  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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