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Richard McKee

  • Director, Artistic/Stage
  • Bass-Baritone


RICHARD McKEE press reviews

"Much credit went to the staging of Richard McKee (doubling as a resonant Basilio), which achieved an ensemble atmosphere, comfortably accommodating young local talent."
                         --OPERA NEWS
"Director Richard McKee ensured that we experienced the inexorable momentum with which fate catches up with Nedda's flirtatious goings on."
                         --OPERA CANADA
"A seasoned veteran of the operatic stage, Richard McKee sang the thankless role of the Sacristan -- and, more significantly, he was also the stage director for this production...He brought genuine life to at least the first two acts, getting his singers and chorus to act naturally and believeably.  For this he deserves praise."
                         --NEW HAVEN ADVOCATE

If there was ever a Verdi opera designed to make you say, “That’s entertainment!” it’s his final masterpiece, “Falstaff.”  You can’t ask for better raw material. The title character from Shakespeare is probably the greatest comic figure in world literature: blowhard, braggart, coward, glutton, lecher, liar, lush — and irresistibly attractive.  Opera Roanoke’s production of “Falstaff” was the funniest comic opera I have seen in nearly a quarter-century from this company. In fact, Sunday afternoon’s show at Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center was one of the most hilarious stage works I’ve seen in Roanoke, period, including the musical stage and touring companies.  It earned an immediate standing ovation from the nearly full house, which roared and screamed its approval of the great rogue and his fellow characters.