Richard Giarusso
Baritone
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Richard Giarusso is a versatile musician with practical and scholarly experience in a wide range of repertoire. After undergraduate study at Williams College, he earned the PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University. He joined the musicology faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 2007. In addition to his academic work, he maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast. Praised by the Washington Post for his “expressive and perfectly controlled voice,” he currently performs with the Washington Bach Consort, the Choir of St. Paul's Church, K Street, and Cathedra, the vocal chamber ensemble of the Washington National Cathedral.

Solo engagements during the 2012-13 season included a program of Schubert lieder at Georgetown University, and appearances with the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society. During the summer months, he teaches at the Berkshire Choral Festival. As a conductor, he led the annual productions of The New Opera (Williamstown, MA) from 2004 through 2007 and served as music director for the inaugural season of the Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre (Cambridge, NY) in 2008. Most recently, he led staged performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Williams College and appeared as guest conductor with the Washington Bach Consort. He has served as artistic director of the Maryland Choral Society since 2009.