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A graduate of The Juilliard Opera Center, baritone Paul LaRosa recently finished his third year as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Engagements for the 2013-14 season include debuts at the Los Angeles Opera in their presentation of Francesca Zambello’s production of Billy Budd under the baton of Music Director James Conlon and the role of Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City conducted by Artistic Director Ward Holmquist and directed by Tomer Zvulun. Highlights of the past season include a role debut as Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Castleton Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel, a Cleveland Orchestra debut in a program of Copland Old American Songs led by David Alen Miller both in Cleveland and as a part of the Orchestra’s Miami Residency at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Jud Fry in Oklahoma!  During the 2011-12 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paul LaRosa appeared as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Nikitich in Boris Godunov, and

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A graduate of The Juilliard Opera Center, baritone Paul LaRosa recently finished his third year as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Engagements for the 2013-14 season include debuts at the Los Angeles Opera in their presentation of Francesca Zambello’s production of Billy Budd under the baton of Music Director James Conlon and the role of Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City conducted by Artistic Director Ward Holmquist and directed by Tomer Zvulun.

Highlights of the past season include a role debut as Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Castleton Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel, a Cleveland Orchestra debut in a program of Copland Old American Songs led by David Alen Miller both in Cleveland and as a part of the Orchestra’s Miami Residency at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Jud Fry in Oklahoma!  During the 2011-12 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paul LaRosa appeared as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Nikitich in Boris Godunov, and covered Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos as well as Ravenal in Showboat. Mr. LaRosa returned to the Chicago Opera Theatre as Boris in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki and debuted at Central City Opera as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! 

Mr. LaRosa’s performances of recent seasons at the Lyric Opera of Chicago also have included Kuligin in Káta Kabanová conducted by Markus Stenz, Cascada in The Merry Widow conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, and Morales in Carmen conducted by Alain Altinoglu. With the Ryan Opera Center, he was Dandini in student matinee performances of La cenerentola and, for his debut with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he performed the roles of Rambo/Officer in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer directed by James Robinson and conducted by Michael Christie.  In a return engagement with the Castleton Festival, the artist reprised the role of Don Quijote in Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show and bowed as the Armchair in L’enfant et les sortilèges, both under the baton of Lorin Maazel.  Recent symphonic debuts include a concert presentation of Bernstein’s Candide, singing the role of Maximilian, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Bramwell Tovey, as well as Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under the baton of Lorin Maazel with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

At Julliard, Mr. LaRosa appeared in Krenek’s Die Ehre der Nation under James Conlon, in Verdi’s Falstaff in a production by Stephen Wadsworth conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer under the baton of the composer, and in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.  He has been heard in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for the Chateauville Foundation under the baton of Lorin Maazel, in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Glimmerglass Opera, and in Rossini’s La cenerentola during a summer residency with the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.  Paul LaRosa also has performed with Steven Blier under the auspices of the New York Festival of Song.

Mr. LaRosa was graduated from Williams College with Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of English degrees.

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