Lester Lynch has become recognized for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice as he tackles some of Verdi’s most important characters, amidst rave reviews, from Macbeth to Rigoletto and Simon Boccanegra. But his repertoire extends far beyond the great Verdi roles. He is also an expert in contemporary opera: His performances of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Busoni’s Doktor Faust and Nico Muley’s The Glitch have garnered many accolades.
Lynch made his debut at the renowned Teatro alla Scala singing the role of Crown in Porgy and Bess, and the Royal Opera House as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Other theaters of note include Semperoper Dresden, Volksoper Vienna, Lyric Opera Chicago, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Most recently, Mr. Lynch performed with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa in an innovative Verdi vs. Wagner program, sang Tonio, in I Pagliacci with the Tatar State Opera in Kazan, Russia, and made his film debut as Merrivale in a film version of Gordon Getty’s newly written opera, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on the popular 1934 book by James Hilton.
Upcoming 2022 highlights include performances as the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček with the English National Opera, and Wotan in Wagner’s Das Rheingold with Nashville Opera and several performances of Verdi’s Macbeth.
Mr. Lynch’s recording work is featured on Pentatone, including performances as Iago in Verdi’s Otello, as Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, as Germont in La Traviata (release scheduled for 2022) and his 2017 debut solo album, “On My Journey Now”.