Terri Richter
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Voice alumna

Musicology candidate for Ph.D., past voice faculty at Biola University

Dr. Terri Richter is a Los Angeles-based professional singer, an educator, and a scholar. She regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras, opera companies, new music and early music ensembles throughout the U.S., most recently with Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Pacific Musicworks, Nashville Symphony, Apollo’s Fire Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, and Nashville’s Music City Baroque.

As a graduate of Seattle Opera Young Artist’s Program, Richter went on to perform many roles with Seattle Opera, earning national acclaim for her portrayals of Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Oscar in Verdi’s The Masked Ball, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Other favorite opera roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Clorinda in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante.

In recent seasons, Richter appeared in the role of Susanna for the West Coast Premiere performance of Mercadante’s I Due Figaro, presented a multi-media concert of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre with the Contempo Flux Ensemble at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and was featured as the soloist for the L.A. debut of Kaija Saariaho’s audiovisual piece for soprano and electronics, Lonh. A leading interpreter of baroque music, Richter has performed leading roles in opera and oratorio engagements throughout the United States for many years. Most recently, she was featured as a soprano soloist for Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra in a national 13-city tour of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. She created and hosted a weekly radio program called “VoiceWorks,” which aired on Seattle’s Classical King FM 98.1, and her solo voice appears on several movie and video game soundtracks, including The Amitiville Horror (2005), Novocaine, Halo 2, and the original Medal of Honor.

A native of Nashville, TN, Richter holds a D.M.A. in Voice and Opera from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (2017), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Musicology. She teaches summer Vocal Technique courses at UCLA and lectures in the departments of Music and Musicology, conducing practice-based research and integrating scholarship with performance. Richter has maintained private voice studios in Nashville, Seattle, and (currently) Los Angeles, where she works with students of all ages in a broad variety of musical genres.

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