Vocalist - Baritone

Željko Lučić is today’s pre-eminent Verdi baritone. He regularly performs with the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, and San Francisco Opera. He has been acclaimed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “warm, mellow and full-bodied” voice with “grave beauty and affecting emotional vulnerability”. The critic of New Yorker said of his Germont in La traviata: “I was startled by the utter smoothness of his delivery here, which went hand in glove with his humane presentation of the role—this was a Germont who was impossible to hate, his state of mind a complex mixture of paternal concern and bourgeois convention.”

In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Lučić returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth, which he originated in the current production in 2007. He also sings Macbeth with Bayerische Staatsoper. Other 2019-20 performances include Germont with Royal Opera House, the title role of Rigoletto and Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvrer with Opéra National de Paris, and Scarpia in Tosca with Wiener Staatsoper.

Mr. Lučić’s many appearances with the Metropolitan Opera include Scarpia, Rigoletto, and Iago in Otello, all in new productions; also Germont, the title role of Nabucco, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West, Amonasro in Aida, Gérard in Andrea Chénier, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Michele in Il tabarro, and his house debut as Barnaba in La Gioconda. He has been seen worldwide in the Met’s Live in HD series in Macbeth, La fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, and Otello.

With Royal Opera House, he has sung Gérard in a live international broadcast of Andrea Chénier, Count di Luna in a new production of Il trovatore, Macbeth, Iago, and Germont. With Vienna’s Staatsoper, he performed Macbeth, Nabucco, Scarpia, Germont, Don Carlo in La forza del destino, and the title role of Simon Boccanegra. With Opéra National de Paris, he has been seen as Count di Luna, Scarpia, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, and Germont. His appearances at Teatro alla Scala include Scarpia, Amonasro, Germont, Rigoletto, and Renato in Un ballo in maschera. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, his roles include Germont, Nabucco, and Rigoletto. With San Francisco Opera, he made his house debut as Germont, and returned as Rigoletto and Don Carlo.

Mr. Lučić made his debut with the Salzburger Festspiele as Macbeth in a new production directed by Peter Stein, with Riccardo Muti conducting. He has sung Simon Boccanegra, Miller in Luisa Miller, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Scarpia, Gérard, Macbeth, Germont, and Don Carlo with Bayerische Staatsoper; Nabucco, Scarpia, and Iago with Deutsche Oper Berlin; Iago with Opernhaus Zürich; Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, and Amonasro with Semperoper Dresden; and the title roles of Falstaff and Gianni Schicchi, Michele in Il tabarro, Seid in Il corsaro, Scarpia, Iago, Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, and a gala concert performance as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Oper Frankfurt;

Other opera highlights include Rigoletto with Teatro Real Madrid and Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival, James Levine conducting, and Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera; Macbeth with Amigos de la Opera de A Coruña in Spain; Nabucco with Dallas Opera and Croatian National Theatre Zagreb; and Guy de Monfort in Les vêpres siciliennes at the Concertgebouw.

Mr. Lučić has made several appearances at the Richard Tucker Gala, and was a guest artist at the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Many of his performances have been released on DVD, including Rigoletto, Otello, and two versions of Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera; Rigoletto with Semperoper Dresden; Andrea Chénier with Royal Opera House; and Il trovatore at the Bregenz Festival.


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