Ron Bottcher

Ron Bottcher Brief Biography

Ron Bottcher (11 May 1940 - 12 April 1991) was an American operatic baritone who was actively performing with both the New York City Opera (NYCO) and the Metropolitan Opera during the 1960s. A native of Sandpoint, Idaho, he earned music degrees from the University of Montana and the Curtis Institute of Music. He made his debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 1961, portraying the roles of Leopold in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Marcello in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, and the Head waiter in Paul Hindemith's Neues vom Tage. His roles at the NYCO included Escamillo in Georges Bizet's Carmen and Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly among others. At the Met he created roles in the world premieres of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra and Marvin David Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra. He died at the age of 50 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan of AIDS related illness.

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