Richard Rittelmann

Richard Rittelmann

Biographie / biography

Born in Geneva on 18th May 1973,
with german and Hungarian origins.

With a degree in Singing and Piano from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève and a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology and German literature, Richard Rittelmann began his career at the age of 22 at the Opéra National de Lyon in the new production of Doktor Faust under the baton of Kent Nagano. He has also been a prizewinner at various international competitions such as the Concours Européen de Picardie, Voix d Or, Toulouse, Marmande, Eurobottega and Voix Nouvelles in Paris.

This proved to be an important launchpad for his career, as it has lead him to sing in the most prestigious theatres and national concert halls. He is also regularly invited to sing in countries such as Canada and China.

His eclectic discography covers an impressive range of repertoire, stretching from baroque: Monteverdi’s Ulysses and Vivaldi’s Kyrie (CD Mondomusica), to classic and romantic: Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame with the Orchestre de Montpellier conducted by Enrique Diemecke (CD Deutsche Grammophon), and also to 20th century and contemporary repertoire: ‘Kagel Dirige Kagel’ with soloists from Lyon Bernard Tétu (CD Auvidis), Doktor Faust conducted by Kent Nagano (CD Erato), ‘Un Portrait de Raoul Lay’ with the Ensemble Télémaque (CD Zig Zag Territoires - distributed par Harmonia Mundi). Other recordings include: the world premiere of F. Testi’s Saül with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France conducted by M. Zanetti (CD Naïve), the world premiere of ‘Dernier Jour d’un Condamné’ with the Orchestre d’Ile de France conducted by Michel Plasson (CD Deutsche Grammophon), world premiere of Heera Kim’s Ex Abrupto with the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich conducted by Arturo Tamajo (CD Musica Viva), recording of the G. de Olavide’s oeuvre under the baton of Arturo Tamayo with the Orchestre de la RTVE de Madrid (CD Verso) and the world premiere of ‘l’Enfant et la Nuit’ by Franck Villard in the role of Chasseur (CD Gallimard).

Moreover, he has recorded the role of Pelléas, the role for which he is known worldwide, at the Opera of Lyon for American TV channel Saint-Louis Channel, as well as performing on stage at the Opéra Comique de Paris for a film, produced by Dominique Delouche for Muzzik, dedicated to Irène Aïtoff and released on DVD by Doriane Film.

He has sung the role of Le Bret in Bergerac de Alfano’s Cyrano in Montpellier alongside Roberto Alagna (DVD Deutsche Grammophon).

He has also regularly appeared in concert, performing works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana (under the baton of Michel Piquemal, Bernard Tétu , Yutaka Sado at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and recently Michel Plasson at Arènes de Nîmes in front of an audience of 6000), Fauré’s Requiem, die Walpurgis Nacht ( Mendelssohn), des Sängers Fluch ( Schumann) , Kindertotenlieder, Knabenwunderhorn... as well as collaborating with I Solisti della Scala.

He also forms a duo with pianist Franck Villard which specialises in rediscovering Lieder and Mélodie Française.

Richard Ritterlmann particularly enjoys collaborating in the presence of living composers such as Charles Chaynes in Cecilia in Monte-Carlo and Mi Amor in Metz, Pascal Dusapin in Passion at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Flavio Testi in Saül in Paris, Balz Trümpy in Helios in Zurich and David Alagna in Le Dernier Jour d’un Condamné in Valencia.

His most memorable interpretations of roles include in Idomeneo (Ivan Fischer) at the Opéra Garnier de Paris, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra de Nice (Riber-Schnitzler), Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac de Alfano in Montpellier / Monte Carlo and la Maestranza (Guidarini /Alagna), Sagrestano in Tosca at the Opéra de Nice (Carminati – Fourny), Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Nuovo Torino (Ratti – Angione), Brétigny in Manon at Hong Kong Opera (Colabianchi – Duffault), l’Officier in les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Opéra de Nice (Michel Plasson – Carsen) , Danilo in la Vedova Allegra by Léhar at the Teatro Nuovo di Torino (Ratti – Angione)…

He sostituted Erwin Schrott at the last minute in the Dernier Jour d’un Condamné in February 2008, singing 4 roles at the Palau de les Arts de Valencia (Villard – Alagna).

He has sung Wagner in Faust alongside Bocelli, Voulgaridou, Scandiuzzi under the baton of Michel Passon (with CD release) and Johann in Werther alongside Béatrice Uria Manzon and Paul Groves (Plasson – Clément).

In October, he was invited to sing the lead role of Gregor Mittenhofer in a concert version of Elegie für Junge Liebende (Henze), conducted by Arturo Tamayo on the Swiss National Radio in Lugano during the Festival Novecento.

In November 2011 he was invited to sing and conduct the ensemble TEA at the Cultural Centre of Taichung in Taipei.

Every summer he conducts several masterclasses in la Baule where he is developing an operatic class.

He is a close friend of Roberto Alagna and has recorded more than 4 titles for Deutsche Grammophon-Universal with him.

Recently he sang in :

-French premiere of Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen in the role of Mari in Paris.

- the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Festival of Gattières under the baton of Nicolas Krüger and direction of Till Fechner in July.

- Mustafà in l’Italienne à Alger at the Teatro Nuovo di Torino and on tour in the north of Italy, conducted by Alessandro Milani, directed by Girolamo Angione.

- Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucrecia by Britten at the Festival de Lugano, conducted by Arturo Tamayo.

- Killian in Freischütz ( Berlioz version ) at the Opéra de Nice directed by Guy Montavon and conducted by Philippe Auguin

- Rossini’s Cenerentola at the Teatro Nuovo di Torino and on tour in northern Italy, conducted by Frédéric Deloche, directed by Angione Girolamo.

Winner of the ARMEL / ARTE competition in 2014 in Budapest he started his first collaboration with Walter Kobera at the Neue Oper in Vienna in Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy, opera which was performed in KammerOper of Vienna, at the Bratislava Opera and Erkel Opera in Budapest ...

At the beginning of the new season 2014/2015

Richard Rittelmann sings in a recital at the Festival Poulenc with Franck Villard , in die Lustige Witwe at the opera of Nice conducted by Philippe Auguin , in a concert Richard Strauss with Silvia Sass in Rome, in Turandot conducted by Roland Boer , tour with the Orchestra for the peace conducted by Nader Abbassi at the Royal court of Haag , Amsterdam and Paris Unesco, Legend of Saint Elizabeth ( liszt )in Lisboa conducted by Arturo Tamayo, Escamillo ( Carmen )in Menton conducted by Bruno Membrey, Sulpizio ( Figlia del Reggimento ) in Turin , Schoenberg Serenade at the swiss national Radio in Lugano and in Schoenbergs Zentrum in Vienna , Punch and Judy at the opera of Avignon, Escamillo in Carmen at the
Allianz Stadium in Nice, Kowaljoff in The Nose ( Chostakovitch ) in Vienna and Budapest…

He works regularly with Madame Sylvia Sass on vocal technique and with Maestro Paolo Grosa in Italy and Mari Lorila in France on coaching.

Richard Rittelmann

Richard Rittelmann

Newsletter vom 21.10.2019 um 11:10

Richard Rittelmann singt die Rolle des Pietro Fléville /Fouquier Tinville in ANDREA CHENIER an der Opera Nice Cote d’Azur. Vorstellungen am 22., 24., 26. und 28. November 2019. Änderungen vorbehalten.


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