Tenor Richard Novak has performed across the U.S., Italy, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Poland, and Mexico. Novak’s operatic credits are Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Don José, Nemorino, Ernesto, Werther, Eisenstein, Tamino, and Roméo. Training programs included Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, the Wesley Balk Institute, and the Evelyn Lear/Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program. In 2005 and 2006, Novak won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Tulsa District). Dr. Novak holds a B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Novak is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he teaches applied voice, lyric diction, and vocal literature. He is also on the faculty of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy and Germany. In 2019, Novak made his Carnegie Hall debut singing a recital of songs by James Simon. Novak has been honored to premiere new music in recent years. He was the driving force behind the commission/creation of Kevin Salfen’s song cycle Stations of Mychal in 2021 and premiered Dr. Mengele in Thomas Yee’s Opera Eva and the Angel of Death in 2022.
See Richard perform during our Concert Season!