Ricardo Tamura was born and grew up in São Paulo. Being a highly gifted person, he finished High School at the age of 15. By age 20 he earned two Bachelor degrees in Geology and Physics from the University of São Paulo. While working on his third degree in Geophysics at the same University, he started teaching Geology as an Assistant Fellow. In addition, he worked as a Computer Science teacher and as a chess instructor at the Colégio Bandeirantes in São Paulo. In his spare time, he started to take voice lessons.

After auditioning for the famous Soprano Licia Albanese in New York, he decided to apply to the Juilliard School of Music. He was accepted to their Graduate Program and received a scholarship to study voice with Marlena Malas. Later, he attended the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and the Accademia Verdiana under the guidance of Carlo Bergonzi in Busseto. He also took private lessons with Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, and German conductor Bernhard Lang.

His first engagement as a singer was as a member of the Internationale Opernstudio at the Zürich Opera House. He has lived in Europe ever since and has appeared regularly in a variety of mostly German-speaking Opera Houses, among them, the Staatsoper Hannover, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Staatstheater Nürnberg, Staatstheater Kassel, and the Vienna Volksoper. As a concert singer, he appeared at the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Kölner Philharmonie, with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, in Taiwan and in Israel. His largest audience (about 60,000 people) attended an open-air concert (2008) at the Luitpoldhain in Nuremberg, Germany.

His concert repertoire stretches from Händel’s “The Messiah” to Verdi’s Requiem, and includes works as different as Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Dvorak’s “Requiem”, and Bacalov’s “Misa Tango”. He has worked with conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Chen Zimbalista, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Oren, Pier-Giorgio Morandi, Lothar Koenigs, James Levine, and Placido Domingo.

Outside of Germany, Ricardo Tamura has appeared, among others, as Radames (“Aida”) at the Arena di Verona, as Bacchus (“Ariadne auf Naxos”) at the Welsh National Opera, as Erik (“The Flying Dutchman”) at the Festival de Opera de Belém (Brazil), and as Calaf (“Turandot”) at the Volksoper Vienna as well as the Wichita Grand Opera. He had his Metropolitan Opera debut in December 2013, as Cavaradossi (“Tosca”), and has returned in the title role of Verdi’s five-acts “Don Carlo”, as Riccardo, in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera”, and as Turiddu, in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”. He became the first Brasilian tenor ever to sing a leading role at the MET.

After suffering a severe brain hemorrhage in 2017, he was forced to take a break from his international career. Contrary to all expectations, he was back on stage ten weeks later and has since then appeared in many operas of his main repertoire (like “Tosca”, “Carmen, “Manon Lescaut”), and debuted in a completely new one: In the title role of Wagner’s “Rienzi”. He currently lives in Nuremberg (Germany).



Georges Bizet, CARMEN, Don José
Ruggero Leoncavallo, PAGLIACCI, Canio
Pietro Mascagni, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Turiddu
Giacomo Puccini, LA BOHÈME, Rodolfo
Giacomo Puccini, MANON LESCAUT, Des Grieux
Giacomo Puccini, IL TABARRO, Luigi
Giacomo Puccini, TOSCA, Cavaradossi
Giacomo Puccini, TURANDOT, Calaf
Richard Strauss, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Tenor/Bacchus
Richard Strauss, DER ROSENKAVALIER, Ein Sänger
Giuseppe Verdi, AIDA, Radames
Giuseppe Verdi, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Riccardo
Giuseppe Verdi, DON CARLO, Don Carlo
Giuseppe Verdi, NABUCCO, Ismaele
Giuseppe Verdi, OTELLO, Otello
Giuseppe Verdi, RIGOLETTO, Duca di Mantua
Giuseppe Verdi, LA TRAVIATA, Alfredo
Richard Wagner, DAS RHEINGOLD, Froh
Richard Wagner, RIENZI, Rienzi
Richard Wagner, TANNHÄUSER (Dresden Version), Tannhäuser


Franz Lehár, DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS, Sou-Chong
Franz Lehár, DIE LUSTIGE WITWE, Rossillon
Fred Raymond, MASKE IN BLAU, Armando Cellini
J. Strauss Jr., DIE FLEDERMAUS, Alfred


Luis Bacalov, MISA TANGO
Antonín Dvořák, REQUIEM
Antonín Dvořák, STABAT MATER
Georg Friedrich Händel, JEPTHA
Georg Friedrich Händel, THE MESSIAH
Otto Nicolai, TE DEUM
Giacomo Puccini, MESSA DI GLORIA
Ariel Ramírez, MISA CRIOLLA
Giuseppe Verdi, REQUIEM


  • Founder, Artistic Director and Voice Teacher: ACCADEMIA LICIA ALBANESE di alto perfezionamento, Taranto, Italy
  • Burg Lindenfels: OPERA GALA Concer
  • Workshop “Otello” (Giuseppe Verdi): Akademie Schloss Henfenfeld: 01. to 06. November 2023
    Application: Opernakademie Schloss Henfenfeld
  • Opera Gala Concerts Taiwan:
    01.12.2023 Jhih-de Halle 07h30 pm
    02.12.2023 Jhih-de Halle 07h30 pm Kaohsiung, Dashu Distric
    03.12.2023 Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum 03h00 pm Kaohsiung, Dashu District
  • Requiem (Giuseppe Verdi): Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz
    23.06.2024 06h00 pm

Workshop “Otello” (Giuseppe Verdi)
Akademie Schloss Henfenfeld: 01. to 06. November 2023
Application: Opernakademie Schloss Henfenfeld

  • Theater Görlitz: TOSCA
  • Opera Gala Concerts: Tainan, Taiwan
  • Peace Cooperation Osnabrück (Germany)- Jeju (Korea): Peace Opera Gala Concert
  • Staatstheater Kassel: TOSCA
    Role: Cavaradossi
  • Staatstheater Kassel: LA MUETTE DE PORTICI
    Role: Masaniello
  • Anhaltisches Theater Dessau: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern: RIENZI
    Role: Rienzi
  • Stadttheater Osnabrück/Theater am Domhof: TOSCA
    Role: Cavaradossi
  • Oper Leipzig: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf
  • Theater Koblenz: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf
  • Staatsoper Nürnberg: CARMEN
    Role: Don José
  • Kölner Philharmonie: Dvořák Requiem
  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf
  • Theater Koblenz/Festung Ehrenstein: CARMEN
    Role: Don José
  • Teatro Sociale di Rovigo: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Teatro di Pisa/Teatro di Verdi: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Teatro Goldoni, Livorno: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Teatro Municipal de São Paulo: FIDELIO
    Role: Florestan
  • Oper Leipzig: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf
  • Staatsoper Hannover: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Jerusalem Opera/Israeli Opera Tel Aviv: MISA TANGO
  • Metropolitan Opera: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
    Role: Turiddu
  • Metropolitan Opera: TOSCA
    Role: Cavaradossi
  • Staatsoper Hannover: MANON LESCAUT
    Role: Renato Des Grieux
  • Metropolitan Opera: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
    Role: Riccardo
  • Metropolitan Opera: DON CARLO
    Role: Don Carlo
  • Wichita Grand Opera: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf
    Role: Turiddu/Canio
  • Mainfranken Theater Würzburg: CARMEN
    Role: Don José
  • Theater Hagen: OTELLO
    Role: Otello
    Role: Turiddu/Canio
  • Teatro da Paz, Belém: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
    Role: Erik
  • Staatsoper Hannover: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
    Role: Turiddu
  • Staatstheater Nürnberg: LA TRAVIATA
    Role: Alfredo
  • Theater Plauen/Zwickau: TANNHÄUSER
    Role: Tannhäuser
  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
    Role: Turiddu
  • Theater Hagen: OTELLO
    Role: Otello
  • Wuppertaler Bühnen: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
    Role: Riccardo
  • Theater Chemnitz: NABUCCO
    Role: Ismaele
  • Erfurter Domstufen-Festspiele: TURANDOT
    Role: Calaf

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