RICHARD LEIBELL is a native of New York City.. born and raised in Bay Ridge,Brooklyn. At age 14, under the recommendation of his mother Abigail (a gifted pianist),he auditioned and was accepted into the pre-college division of The Juilliard School of Music,studying with renowned voice teacher Elizabeth Bishop.He graduated 4 years later from the program.Richard then went on to The Manhattan School of Music, in the Vocal/Opera department where he studied with former international opera star Uta Graf. He later studied privately with Daniel Ferro (Chairman of the Juilliard Voice Department), and was coached by acclaimed international accompianist, mentor and friend,Stanley Sonntag.He currently performs in concert with orchestras, big bands, and in cabaret venues. Richard has had leading and supporting roles in numerous Off-Broadway, Regional,and Summer Stock musical productions including: "Carousel"; "Flower Drum Song"; "West Side Story"; "Mack and Mabel";"The Fantasticks";"The Pajama Game"; "Godspell"; "Kiss Me Kate";"Fiddler on the Roof" and the Off-Broadway 2 year run production of "Live From Altoona...a 20's,30's,and 40's musical review". Richard has twice been a featured soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall and at C.Paul Hall at The Juilliard School of Music. He has been baritone soloist for The Faure' Requiem, as well as the featured singer in Cardinal Cook's televised Christmas Mass from NYC. Richard was also the featured soloist in a European classical music concert tour with performances in: Salzburg, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, as well as at The St. Moritz Music Festival,Switzerland, in The Bach B Minor Mass and St.John's Passion (Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor). He was the former resident soloist for many years at St.Michael Church (Greenwich,Ct.) and at The Religious Science Church (Seal Beach,Ca.).
After moving to Los Angeles, Richard met and studied voice with Metropolitan Opera / N.Y.City Opera and Broadway leading baritone and star William Chapman.While living in LA, he co-starred in"Swanson on Sunset..a Musical Memoir", by Dickson Hughes, at The Cinegrill at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.It was based upon the original treatment and score of the very first musical attempt and version of the film noir classic "Sunset Boulevard", involving star Gloria Swanson and songwriters Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley.The New York Post covered a two page feature on "Swanson on Sunset", and Gloria Swanson's dream of bringing the musical version to Broadway.There is also a documentary about "Swanson on Sunset" to be released in 2019 by Emmy award winning filmmaker,Jeffrey Schwarz ("Tab Hunter Confidential","The Fabulous Allan Carr"). While living in Los Angeles,Richard also performed as a featured singer at: The Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, Chasen's, The Bel Air Hotel, and in numerous musical and composer reviews at the famed "Maldonado's" in Pasadena.In 1992, he was a fellow at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium,and met acclaimed LA/NY musical director Shelly Markham, with whom he later performed in concert at various venues throughout Southern Ca.,and also recorded two CD's of Broadway repertoire together. In Santa Fe,NM Richard starred in "Double Threats" at The Santa Fe Playhouse, featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Jerry Herman. He has also performed at The Fine Line Music Club in Minneapolis,MN. Since relocating to Palm Springs,CA, Richard has starred in, or been featured in 20 "Musical Chairs" ASCAP composer / lyricist tribute concerts over 6 seasons, conceived and produced by jazz pianist/singer/actor and local empressario.. Derrik Lewis.They have performed at The Annenberg Theater, The Palm Canyon Theater, Sun City Palm Desert, Old Town Temecula Theater, Indian Wells Theater, and at various venues throughout the Desert with stars such as: Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, Donna Theodore, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, Russell Arms,and Bea Wain.These twenty concerts presented : "Kander and Ebb"; "Rodgers and Hart"; "Harry Warren"; "George and Ira Gershwin"; "A Tribute to Your Hit Parade"; "Frank Loesser"; "The Joy of Operetta"; "Harold Arlen"; "Kurt Weill"; "Lerner and Loewe"; "Jimmy Van Huesen"; "The Best of Broadway"; "Jerome Kern"; "Cy Coleman";"Sammy Cahn" ;"A Tribute to Duke Ellington"; and "A Big Band Tribute" ,with well known musical directors such as Johnny Morris, Robert York, Dickson Hughes, Shelly Markham and Wayne Abravanel. Richard also performs at venues throughout Southern Ca. He has appeared at The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with "Star Search", Broadway and Las Vegas singing star Mara Getz in "The Music of Harry Warren and Burt Bacharach" (Wayne Abravanel,conductor); "Duets" with Mara Getz at "Peters",Rancho Mirage,Ca. (Wayne Abravanel,music director); and " An Evening with Mara Getz and Richard Leibell" with The Coachella Valley Symphony (Christian Chalifour,conductor). Other concerts include: "Rodgers and Hammerstein Meet Gershwin and Porter" with Debbie Prutsman at The Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs,Ca), and at The Landis Performing Arts Center (Riverside,Ca) with the All Star Pops Orchestra(Richard Stover,conductor); "The All Star Big Band Swings Gershwin" with Cassie Miller, and "Broadway Show Stoppers" at Old Town Temecula Theater(Jeff Stover / Wayne Abravanel,conductors). Richard recently performed his one man show "Standards and Broadway" to a sold-out audience at The Tolerance Center (Rancho Mirage,Ca.),and books private parties throughout the year.Recent concerts include the sold out "Frank Sinatra's Big Band 100th Birthday Party" in Temecula,Ca. Richard and Mara Getz will be reuniting for "Swinging Down Old Broadway" with The All Star Big Band (Jeff Stover,conductor) at The Old Town Temecula Theater on Feb.5,2017, and at The Lewis Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga,Ca. on May 21,2017. He has also donated his services for numerous charity events in the Coachella Valley, including featured entertainer for three years at The Men of the Desert Fashion Show held at Hyatt Grand Champions, Indian Wells, Ca. to benefit Animal Samaritans. He is available for private parties,concerts, and events.
SPECIALIZING IN STANDARDS, SWING, AND BROADWAY
"One of the best singers in the country" Gary Walker (Music/Theater critic,The Desert Sun)