At home in almost every music performance venue, bass baritone Richard Ziebarth is quickly gaining attention for the warm timbre of his large voice and his expressivity. Whether it be demanding opera roles such as Don Giovanni, Figaro, and Escamillo, concert, oratorio or musical theatre, he imbues every performance with lyricism and an informed musicianship.
Mr. Ziebarth has been heard as special guest soloist in Princeton Pro Musica’s season opening gala The Grandeur of Opera. He has débuted with Philadelphia’s Center City Opera Theatre as Basil Hallward in Lowell Liebermann’s much acclaimed opera The Picture of Dorian Gray based on the Oscar Wilde masterpiece.
A graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University (honored with a full scholarship), Mr. Ziebarth began his professional career while still in school. For three years he sang with the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy. With CCPA’s Opera Theatre he performed a variety of concert repertoire and stage roles.
Recent performance highlights include appearances with Palm Beach Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Light Opera Works. Mr. Ziebarth participated in both the Sarasota and Chautauqua apprentice programs and was a member of the Alan Stone Début Artists at Chicago Opera Theatre, and as such was featured on WFMT radio’s Live from Studio One.
Mr. Ziebarth has appeared with the Denver and Elgin Symphony Orchestras, and was a soloist in the Millennium Gala concert series in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He has a wide variety of oratorio experience including Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus, and Bach’s Mass in b minor. He is always in demand as soloist for the Beethoven Ninth Symphony.
Professionally trained as a competitive figure skater, Richard Ziebarth was a double gold medalist for the United States Figure Skating Association. His discipline and athleticism are manifest in a commanding stage presence and elegant demeanor. Every performance crackles with charisma and sparkles with personality.