Known for his musical sensitivity and performance authenticity, baritone soloist Richard K. Pugsley has garnered critical acclaim for his “strong voice” (Boston Globe) and his ability to “fully embody demanding roles” (The Cape Codder). Mr. Pugsley holds the position of Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Gloriæ Dei Cantores, for which he has been applauded for his “expert conducting” (Mozart Forum) of “one of America’s most accomplished choirs” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
His passion for choral literature spans the traditions of ancient Gregorian chant, to classic
repertoire, modern works, and rarely performed choral gems as relevant and present
encounters of sung prayer.
Over his 25-year tenure, Mr. Pugsley has performed with Gloriæ Dei Cantores in over 15 languages in 24 countries, and in some of the finest concert halls throughout Europe, Russia, and North America. Among his leading roles have been Saul in Händel’s oratorio Saul, Pilgrim in the 2005 New England Premiere of Vaughan Williams’s opera The Pilgrim’s Progress (of which this will be the reprise), as well as solo roles in Duruflé’s Requiem, and in other works by Händel, Bach, Vaughan Williams, and Grieg, among others.
Maestro Pugsley has directed numerous operatic choral performances at the Church of the
Transfiguration in Orleans, MA, including Carisimi’s Jephtha; Händel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Saul; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors; and J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. His directing in the USA premiere of The Pilgrim’s Progress was heralded by the Boston Globe as “powerful in conception and polished in execution.” Recent featured performances have included Walton’s The Twelve; Poulenc’s Gloria; Duruflé’s Requiem; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem; Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem; Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality, For St. Cecilia, and Lo, the Final Sacrifice; and Britten’s The Company of Heaven.
An accomplished producer of twenty-nine recordings on the Paraclete label, Richard is a member
of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Producers and Engineers wing. His most recent
project, a collaborative recording featuring Gloriæ Dei Cantores of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, has been hailed as “one of the very finest recordings this work has ever received” (Fanfare); “. . . a superlative recording . . . beyond glorious,”(The Buffalo News); and “. . . brilliant recording . . . sheer beauty” (HR.Audio.net).
A tenacious advocate for youth music education, Maestro Pugsley continues to inspire young musicians to reach their greatest potential and experience the joy of excellence through performance. He has been recognized as an extraordinary teacher and coach of vocal technique, with hundreds of students having passed through his studio. He has directed numerous ensembles and led workshops with thousands of students throughout the world including in South Africa, South Korea, Australia, and across the United States.