“His is an impressive, substantial tenor, rock solid in its delivery but malleable in its deployment.”
“The production was centered by an intelligently crafted performance from the excellent young spinto tenor Richard Cox as Captain Ahab. His voice was brilliant and burly, with a requisite ability to float his upper register in the introspective passages, and he deftly captured the man’s myopic obsessiveness. Cox is on the young side in a role conceived for a veteran performer; it would be fascinating to hear him return to this assignment in future years.”
“…he dominated the cacophony of the ensemble with an ocean of sound…”
“Richard Cox sang with a suave legato”
American tenor Richard Cox possesses a remarkable voice that combines lyric and heroic qualities, and is equally suited to opera, concert, and recitals.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Cox appeared in the title role of Siegfried in concert with the North Carolina Opera and as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Recent debuts include the role of Ahab in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick with the Chicago Opera Theater and Opera San José and Larry Renault for the European Premiere of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Dinner at Eight at the Wexford Festival Opera
Other recent opera engagements have included Loge in Das Rheingold (Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera); Mitch in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Laca in Jenůfa for Des Moines Metro Opera; Peter Grimes (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra); his debut with Washington National Opera for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre); Prinz Kalaf in Ferruccio Busoni’s Turandot for the Bard SummerScape Festival, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Tichon in Káta Kabanová at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; Froh in Das Rheingold, Malcolm in Macbeth, First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte (Live in HD), and the Celebrant in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera; Don José in Carmen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Samson et Dalila at the New Orleans Opera; Ruprecht in Viktor Ulmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug at the Los Angeles Opera (released on DVD by Arthaus Musik); Adolar in Weber’s Euryanthe at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden; and Claudio in the first fully-staged North American production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at the Glimmerglass Festival. A former ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt, Mr. Cox appeared in several new productions there, including The Tempest, Arabella, Owen Wingrave, and Das Rheingold (released on CD and DVD by Oehms Classics). He was also seen as Florestan in Fidelio, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, the Bishop of Budoja in Palestrina (released on CD by Oehms Classics), and Aegisth in Elektra.
An accomplished concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Cox has appeared as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Britt Festival, Colorado Music Festival and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Laredo Philharmonic; with the Collegiate Chorale and Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall; and Siegmund in a concert version of Act One of Die Walküre with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Cox was on the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and made his New York recital debut in the On Wings of Song recital series, and recently sang Schumann’s Dichterliebe as a part of The West End Collegiate Church Concert Series in New York.
The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Richard Cox has earned grants from the George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index Inc., the Olga Forrai Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Shoshana Foundation. He has been honored with a Lucrezia Bori Grant for foreign study, the Vocal Arts Honors Recital at Alice Tully Hall, and the Campbell Watcher Memorial Award for singers from Santa Fe Opera. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Florida State University, and The Juilliard School.