Dramatic baritone Eugene Richards made his professional opera debut in 2014 as the Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Las Vegas. He returned there in 2015 as Bonzo/ Madama Butterfly, in 2016 as Morales/ Carmen, and in 2017 as Monterone/ Rigoletto.
In 2018 Eugene Richards sang König Heinrich/ Lohengrin and covered Wotan/ Die Walküre at the Miami Music Festival. Soon after he performed the title role of Der fliegende Holländer in Sin City Opera's production. In concert he has sung the role of Escamillo/ Carmen. His first European engagement took place in 2019 as an understudy for Wanderer/ Siegfried at Staatstheater Kassel. His upcoming plans include Wotan/ Das Rheingold at the Miami Music Festival 2021.
Born in South Carolina, Eugene Richards was raised in southern California. He attended the University of Hawaii and played for the school’s baseball team. Working as a fashion model in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, he began studying voice with Luana DeVol and Dolora Zajick in 2013. He continues his studies at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in the American Wagner Project division. He has received coaching from Thom Christoph, John Parr and Beatrice Benzi.Eugene Richards reached the finals at the Lauritz Melchior International Competition 2017 in Denmark. He was a grant recipient of the Wagner Society Washington DC in 2015-2019.