Lester Lynch

American baritone LESTER LYNCH made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2009 as Crown in Porgy and Bess, a role he has performed at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera. His recent engagements include Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) with the Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, and Kentucky Opera; Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) with Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Opera Cleveland; Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Tonio (Pagliacci) with Pittsburgh Opera; and the title role of Macbeth with Dayton Opera. Other career highlights include Marcello (La Bohème) with New York City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Count di Luna with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Seattle Opera; Flint (Billy Budd) with Canadian Opera Company; the title role of Rigoletto with the Dayton Opera; The Bartender in Conrad Susa’s Black River with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) with the Santa Fe Opera; and Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Michigan Opera Theater. Lynch is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Vocal Competition, and the Sullivan Awards, and his work with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis earned him the prestigious Richard Gaddes Award.