Richard Green, making his first appearance with Auckland Theatre Company, contributes the “opera” component of Lloyd Webber’s rock opera. He studied classical singing in London and Munich and has sung with the English National Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, was principal bass soloist for six years with the city opera of Bremerhaven in northern Germany, and now performs regularly with New Zealand Opera (most recently in Auckland as The Bonze in MADAM BUTTERFLY and as the Commendatore in the Christchurch season of DON GIOVANNI).
In respect of the rock music component of this show there is an element of coming full circle, Richard having been a teenage keyboardist in a 60s rockband (“We were HUGE0 in Whanganui!”). Now he prefers to count among career highlights his casting as Hunding (DIE WALKURE) in the State Opera of South Australia’s Wagnerian RING cycle, and participating in the Central Park Summer Season of the New York Grand Opera Company’s AIDA (singing the role of Ramphis) and FALSTAFF (Pistola). He now teaches voice in Auckland.