Lester Lynch
New England Regional Third Place Winner, 1994

Baritone Lester Lynch continues his international career as George Wilson in The Great Gatsby with Semperopera Dresden in December, and next fall (2016) he makes his La Scala debut as Crown in Porgy and Bess, a role he sang last winter with L'Opéra de Montréal. Last season also took the baritone to both the Tatar State Opera in Tatarstan, Russia and Norway’s Bergen National Opera as Amonasro in Aida, and to Warsawas Shylock in André Tchaikovsky’s Der Kaufmann von Venedig (The Merchant of Venice) with the Polish National Opera. Lester also reprised his Crown with the Corpus Christi Symphony and sang Cauchon in Gordon Getty’s cantata “Joan and the Bells” with the Russian National Orchestra in Lyon.


An Ohio native and a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, Lester has brought his wide repertoire to companies here and abroad. The baritone has sung Crown with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera. He has brought another signature role, Amonasro in Aida, to Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Dayton Opera, Connecticut Opera, and Bergen National Opera. His Verdi repertoire extends to the title roles in Rigoletto (Canadian Opera Company) and Macbeth (Dayton Opera), Giorgio Germont in La traviata (Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Cleveland); Count di Luna in Il trovatore (Minnesota Opera, Seattle Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Columbus, Madison Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein);Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra (Santa Fe Opera); and Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera (Michigan Opera Theater).


Lester’s other roles have included Scarpia at Glimmerglass, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Marcello with New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Alfio and Tonio in Cavalleria Rusticana and I pagliacci at Chicago Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Tonio at Pittsburgh Opera and Lake George Opera, and Shreveport Opera. Other career highlights have been Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chenier at the Bregenz Festival, Flint in Billy Budd with Canadian Opera Company, Nottingham in Roberto Devereaux with Minnesota Opera, and the High Priest in Samson et Dalila with Chicago Lyric Opera. The baritone is also an accomplished concert artist and a frequent recitalist.


Lester Lynch is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the 2000 George London Vocal Competition, and the Sullivan Awards; his work with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis earned him the prestigious Richard Gaddes Award. Other prizes include first place in the 1999 D'Angelo Young Artists Competition, finalist in the 1999 Placido Domingo Operalia, and second place in the 1996 National MacAllister Competition. 


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