Richard Estes, BM, MM

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Phone: (817) 229-5779 Email: [email protected]

Mr. Estes made his New York debut when he replaced Nicolai Gedda in Massenet’s HERODIADE at Carnegie Hall and the following night appeared in the world premiere of FEATHERTOP at the Juilliard School. His roles since then have ranged from Hoffman in THE TALES OF HOFFMAN for the Lake George Opera Festival to Cavaradossi in TOSCA for the Charlotte, Rochester, Birmingham, and Central City Operas and Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Hawaii Opera Theatre where critics referred to him as “handsome of visage and voice, Estes is the premier tenor of this or any other season.”

Mr. Estes has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore, Mobile, Shreveport, Minnesota, Atlanta, Columbus, Piedmont, Kentucky, and a score of other opera companies. Praise for his work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Opera News, Opera magazine (UK), and Musical America describing his voice as “a warm, burnished voice—his upper register is excellent,” “a splendidly clear voice that displays some breathtaking phrasing,” “his strong and pleasing voice is capable of seductive tenderness as well as command.” Mr. Estes has been heard in recital and concert at The Phillips Collection, The Smithsonian, with the Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Charleston, Omaha, Buffalo, National and Florida Symphonies, and at many colleges and universities. He has also performed at Santa Fe Opera, Western Opera Theatre, and Wolf Trap.

Mr. Estes was educated at Stetson University, The Catholic University of America, and The Juilliard School. He was a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Studio Award. He served in The United States Air Force SingingSergeants and The USAF Symphony Orchestra. He has presented master classes and workshops in Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Belarus, and through out the USA. Mr. Estes is Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University.

Richard Estes


“Thanks again for your expertise and the work you did with me…the strengthening exercises you gave me have really been helpful. I’m noticing more overall strength in my full voice and more endurance with the falsetto. It’s especially noticeable during those busy times and back-to-back long nights.”

Trey Gunter, Lead Singer—Trey and the Tritones

“I’ve learned more in less than half of a semester with you than I did in the past two semesters…because you teach in a way that I understand. I’m very grateful for that. You have been nothing but pleasant and productive and I thank you. Thank you for your kindness and all of your help.”

College Senior Theater Major (Acting emphasis)

“I recently sang for Maitland Peters, Chair of Voice at Manhattan School of Music who told me I should be really grateful to you because I have the right technique. He was very impressed that my larynx is down and my throat is open through the whole range. I proudly told him that I learned everything from you…Thank you for teaching me the right things and for caring about me.”

David Guzman, tenor MM in Voice TCU 2005, Theatre de Chatelet (Paris), Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Colon de Bogotà, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall NYC, Teatro Spettacolo Aperto, Pergine, Italy

“I have met few people that have been able to break down and articulate the elements of operatic singing in the way that Richard Estes does…Mr. Estes has an amazing knowledge of the voice and is able to explain how it works in so many different ways…All of the technical information that I have gathered from the top echelon of opera singers and even some of the best in recent history is a direct parallel what Mr. Estes teaches.”

Michael Adams, baritone BM in Voice, TCU 2013 Seagle Colony, Fort Worth Opera, Wolf Trap, current full scholarship student at Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia

“I can say that Mr. Estes’s world class professionalism and love for music partly influenced my decision to become a collaborative pianist and study at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. Playing there daily in the best vocal studios of the most renowned teachers in USA and observing their work, I can say that without doubt Mr. Estes’s teaching method is as efficient and productive as those of the most famous teachers in New York City…I can only wish that Mr. Estes will continue to teach many students with the power of his amazing musicianship and share the precious knowledge of the voice technique.”

Natalia Katyukova, Music Staff, The Metropolitan Opera, New York

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