Tenor Richard Troxell, a native of Thurmont, Maryland, received his operatic training at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (1988–92). He came to prominence in 1995 in the role of Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterand’s film of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In 1997, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut in the United States premiere of Gounod’s opera La Colombe with L’Opéra Français de New York. That year, he also made his Washington Opera debut as Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, returning the next season as Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine, which was later televised by PBS. The 2000–01 season included his New York City Opera debut in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and his debut at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Manon Lescaut. In 2001–02, he sang in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Mikado at New York City Opera and in Offenbach’s La Périchole in Philadelphia.