Actor, pianist, and tenor, also known as Rick DuPuy, who became enamoured of Gilbert & Sullivan when he was seven years old and saw a production of H.M.S. Pinafore and went trick-or-treating that year in the garb of Sir Joseph Porter. His real first impersonation of a G&S character was in a production of The Sorcerer, in which he played Dr. Daly.
He attended Harvard where he studied the classics and was a member of The Harvard University Choir. In 2000, he appeared on their yuletide offering, Christmas in the Busch. He graduated in 2003 and has gone on to become an educator and opera singer, specializing in Gilbert & Sullivan.
In 2006, he appeared in a Young Artists’ production of Iolanthe as the Lord Chancellor, was in the ensemble for Washington Savoyards’ mounting of Patience, and tickled the ivories in rehearsals of Ruddigore with Savoynet Productions. He was a chorus member in the Victorian Lyric Opera Company in 2007 and appeared at The Cherry Blossom Festival with Washington Savoyards in The Condensed Mikado. In 2008, they performed The Mikado or the Town of Titipu in toto and Frederick was cast as Ko-Ko. He revisited Iolanthe in 2009, this time with Washington Savoyards, and played a Lord, minus the Chancellor.
Here is “Hail Poetry” from the 2014 production of The Pirates of Penzance by The Victorian Lyric Opera Company which Rick appeared in…
Harvard University Choir recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Pro Organo CD 7134 (Christmas in the Busch)
Conductor – Murray Forbes Somerville
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Director – Robert Mealy
The Harvard Brass
Soprano – Awet Andemichael
Bass – Mark Risinger
Organists – Erica Johnson and Edward Jones