As the Phantom

“Lissemoreʼs soaring, yearning baritone is the best thing in the show.”

- Alan Stern, Denver Post

“Phantom Richard Lissemore presented the fiendish power and boldness we expect from the opera ghost. His voice demonstrated operatic training and dramatic deftness. His grief showed through his every move.”

- Terra Ashley Grey, The Idaho Statesman

“…a fine romantic leading man in Richard Lissemore. It is a carefully honed performance.”

- Jack Zink, The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal

“…a mesmerizing portrayal of the phantom.”

- Jay Worsham, The Town-Crier

“In the title role, Richard Lissemore is unpretentious and direct. He slips between song and text masterfully, performing with total believability.”

- Edmond Dante, Theatre magazine

“Richard Lissemore as the phantom is nothing short of marvelous in the lead role.”

- Jeff Alexander, The Jupiter Courier

“Richard Lissemore turns in an exceptional performance as the phantom. [His] solo numbers are showstoppers.”

- Barbara DiObilda, The Stuart News

“He is a powerful and subtle singer who uses body language to shape the character.”

- Peter Smith, Palm Beach Post

“Lissemore has a strong enough voice to ring the rafters. His renditions….are most stirring. This is a phantom who acts out of a broken heart, not rage: as a result, the showʼs conclusion is the most moving of any version.”

- Skip Sheffield, Boca Raton News

New Yearʼs Gala at New Brunswickʼs State Theatre

“The sensation of the evening was a Merry Widow set with Judith Burbank as a regal Hannah and Richard Lissemore as an elegant Danilo. Each was electrifying, and together they left no one in any doubt what Viennese romance is all about.”

Michael Redmond, The Newark Star-Ledger

As Ramon Novarro in Lover, the Valentino Musical

“Lissemore with a thrilling voice and charismatic presence…”

Irene Backalenick, Westport (CT) News

As Mozartʼs Figaro

“Baritone Lissemore (Figaro) gave an extraordinary and flawless performance with superb, confident dramatic portrayals, outstanding intonation and a genuine flair for the comedy required.”

Rena Fruchter, The Home News

“Richard Lissemore has a fine basso as Figaro. He proved that he is also an actor of fine talent.”

Mirko Tuma, The News Tribune

As Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game

“Lissemore is outstanding as Sorokin. His dark features suit him well for the romantic lead. But his striking voice is the icing on the cake.”

Liz Cutler, The Warsaw Times Union

“His excellent solo work is more than just technically fine, conveying the characterʼs emotional evolution vocally as well as through actions and spoken dialogue.”

Marcia Fulmer, The Elkhart Truth

As Albert in Werther

“Vocally and dramatically, Richard Lissemore is the strongest member of the cast. His portrayal of Albert is superb; his baritone is rich and clear, his diction excellent.”
Rena Fruchter, the Home News

As Emile DeBecque in South Pacific

“As for Lissemore, run, donʼt walk for any available seats just to hear him sing “Some Enchanted Evening” and “This Nearly Was Mine”.”

Marcia Fulmer, The Elkhart Truth

As Stephen Foster

“Richard Lissemore was born to be Stephen Foster. [His] smooth, rich voice and spirited performance brought a standing ovation amid cries of “Bravo” from the audience as the final scene ended.”

David Greer, The Kentucky Standard