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Lester Lynch

We know him as Jago in Otello and as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. This autumn American baryton Lester Lynch enters the stage in Bergen in the title role as Macbeth.

The American baritone Lester Lynch is recognized for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice. Over the last years, his many role interpretations have brought him to the most prominent opera houses.

Highly esteemed are Crown/Porgy and Bess at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the title role/Doktor Faust at Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden and Shylock in Der Kaufmann von Venedig at Royal Opera in London. He has been celebrated as Amanasro in Aida at The Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Operam Tatar State Opera in Kazan and here at Bergen National Opera, and as Conte di Luna in Il trovatore at Opera San Antonio in Texas.

In 2017 he made his role debut as Jago/Otello here in Bergen, and also attended our Porgy and Bess-concert at Den Nationale Scene (DNS) in February 2019, together with the soprano Latonia Moore. Autumn 2019 he returned, then as Judge Turpin in our Sweeney Todd. This autumn (2020) we are looking forward to Lynch in the title role in Verdi's Macbeth.

- Mr. Lynch has a ravishing, rolling baritone with power to spare, and excellent hook-up from top to bottom. His assured vocalizing was impressive and welcome. (Opera Today)

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